Incapacity for work


The financial support received by employees on sick leave in Germany is much better than that available in Britain. Unlike in Britain, sick pay is not provided solely by the employer, but also by your statutory health insurance fund. In Germany, your employer continues paying your salary for up to six weeks. In contrast to Britain, there is no qualifying period; this means you are entitled to continuing payment right from the first day of your sick leave. After receiving continuing payment from your employer for six weeks, you become entitled to sickness benefit paid by 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). If you are unable to work, you consequently receive more financial support for a longer period than is possible in Britain.


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.

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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.