Incapacity for work


In Germany employees have financial security when they fall ill. Your employer will continue to pay your wage for up to six weeks; some collective wage agreements have even longer periods. After that you are entitled to sickness benefits (sick pay), which you receive from the AOK: The sick pay amounts to 70 percent of the regular gross earnings, however at most 90 percent of the net earnings received up until that time. You can receive this payment for the same illness for a maximum of one and a half years (78 weeks).


Inform employer

The employer must be informed promptly if an employee cannot go to work because of an illness. What the deadlines are exactly and whom you have to contact differs from company to company. To be on the safe side it is best you ask you employer for this information. Insofar as the illness lasts longer than three days, you shall regardless of the circumstances, require a medical attest that is issued by a medical physician, irrespective of whether you have a special arrangement with your employer. You receive two copies: One without a diagnosis, which is for your employer; one with a diagnosis that you hand in to your AOK. Please bear in mind that you must hand in the sick note to your AOK and your employer as soon as possible.

Declaration of consent for the use of social media plug-ins

You want to use an expansion module (a social plug-in) offered by a social network provider (SN). By using a social plug-in, data will be transferred to the SN's server including your IP address, the URLs of the pages you visit and other information.
The data transfer will occur even if you are not registered with the SN. Under certain circumstances, different bits of collected data can be linked together at a later stage e.g. when you register with the SN once again in the future.

The transfer of data is also possible if you do not click on the social plug-in.

AOK has no influence on what data is transmitted and how the SN operators treat the data received by them. For more information on data protection please refer to the Privacy Statement by the respective plug-in provider.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+

Your consent for the use of social plug-ins is voluntary. Of course, you can use the AOK websites even if you refuse to give this consent or do not activate a social plug-in. You will experience no disadvantages or restrictions in terms of usage of our website when you decide not to activate these features.

I understood this statement on data usage in case of activation of a social plug-in and do hereby declare my consent.