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9 posts, 11:05 today
Planning timing and duration of Elternzeit
Gobhs, are you familiar with the basics of Elternzeit and ELterngeld? It seems from your questions that perhaps you are not clear on your rights or options. Elternzeit: you are legally entitled to 3 years off without losing your job. One of those years is paid at about 65% of your previous salary, that is Elterngeld. (You…
26 posts, 10:12 today
Seeking Information about new Business Set-up
I simply provide that advice as an experienced parent to a prospective one, so what you do with it is up to you; however, I think you'll find that you'll want and need to spend time with your baby. Furthermore, have you sorted out visas for the family members and in-laws who you expect to take care of your child…
77 posts, 10:10 today
Nice person of the day award - Enough about bastards
Posted image I nominate the "Chief Cat Herder" from an email I received. Found this poor guy starving on the side of the road riding home tonight. Couldn't leave him, so I have to drop him at the shelter in the morning on the way in. Found in Dublin, so he's a suburban cat. Clearly not afraid of people, so he was…
28 posts, 10:05 today
BBC kills get_iplayer service - O'dear me
8 posts, 09:44 today
Is absence for child's sickness paid?
11 posts, 09:17 today
Need a car ride - Fulda to London, one-way
16 posts, 09:07 today
Changing flights at LHR, 75 minutes time
13 posts, 08:49 today
Problems with AirBnB host, threat of legal action
What's her cancelation policy? If I remeber right the host can pick one from seveal options. Most that I have rented from had a fairly short notice cancelation policy. If you honored whatever her policy is then I would just ignore her. If you didn't, pay her accordingly (3 days notice or whatever). It's only…
31 posts, 07:56 today
Gay marriage to US Citizen
17 posts, 07:55 today
Opening a bank account for a small business
47 posts, 07:48 today
Kirchensteuerstelle send questionnaire
It looks as if lapsus alumni has been correct all along because that open letter is quite illuminating and explains the difference between Glaubensgemeinschaft Katholische Kirche Deutschland (Faith Community Catholic Church Germany) and Körperschaft des öffentlichen Rechts Katholische Kirche Deutschland (Public corporation…
77 posts, 07:02 today
Best programmes on German TV
49 posts, 05:36 today
Grocery stores in Germany
They can stock their shelves as funnily as they like. Coming from the countryside in Great Britain, I'm just thankful that there are 5 supermarkets of 4 different chains within 10 minutes' walking distance of my flat. No need to have a car. The nearest 1 is 100 m from my flat. I can nip in and out any time between…
13 posts, 23:03 yesterday
German cellphone will work in US? Travelling to US
6 posts, 22:25 yesterday
Ongoing Transfer of Funds from Canada to Germany
23 posts, 19:27 yesterday
Permissions for brewing at home in Germany
27 posts, 19:04 yesterday
Crazy Hermes Guy & Troop of Police
Posted image I order my dog food online as well for the same reason. I don't want to carry it myself all the way from the supermarket. But I haul the heavy bags (that I sign for on the ground floor) down one flight of stairs into the cellar with a sack barrow. There I keep the dog food in plastic trash bins with tight fitting lids…
88 posts, 18:41 yesterday
Meters on German radiators - central heating
Posted image today the fellah from the water/heat company is coming to our apartment to read the meters... i'm an engineer and for the past two years i've been trying to figure out how exactly the meters that are stuck onto the side of the radiators work... i've asked all my colleagues and nobody can give me a straight answer... do…
56 posts, 18:21 yesterday
How to contribute to Roth IRA from Germany
23 posts, 18:17 yesterday
Arbeitslosengeld question: How to claim my money
Thanks Engelchen, That's exactly what I was looking for! I have done all the other forms. Your help is really appreciated. And for those of you criticising my lack of German, its because i work 55-60 hour weeks and I'm deaf so I haven't picked it up as best I can! Thanks for being concerned though…
13 posts, 17:54 yesterday
Personal Bankruptcy Tourism
8 posts, 17:53 yesterday
Kündigungsfrist related to my job
31 posts, 17:50 yesterday
Filing for bankruptcy in Germany
47 posts, 17:15 yesterday
Seeking info on Rechtsschutzversicherung
There are 4 major basic elements of Rechtsschutzversicherung... Contractual disputes Labo(u)r disputes (e.g. with your employer) Motoring related disputes Accommodation (home rental or ownership) disputesMost policies allow you to combine any or all of these elements to suit your circumstances or requirements. Most policies…
21 posts, 17:05 yesterday
Winter Tires Dilemma
How about because the OP and her spouse are, unlike the Auto Center, not a (supposedly) professional tyre/tire sales organisation. The time investment, costs of re-selling, and additional stress factors are bound to be disproportionate to them compared to the Auto Center's potential extra costs (probably no more than…
15 posts, 16:36 yesterday
Teaching in an International School
11 posts, 16:02 yesterday
Relocating to Germany - Shipping car from the States
14 posts, 15:44 yesterday
Arbeitspaket Teil 3
22 posts, 13:56 yesterday
Bank Account for Housewife
26 posts, 09:36 yesterday
Recommendations for a cheap tablet device
This is wrong (although it used to be true with the very first version of Windows RT). Nowadays most of the Windows Tablets use an Intel processor (x86) and are compatible with any older Windows programs. Amazon offers quite a few of Windows Tablets and most of them use the Windows 8.1 OS (which is NOT the RT version,…
6 posts, 09:29 yesterday
Recommendations for new Smart TV?
24 posts, 03:16 yesterday
Finding the "right" charity for my kids
How about starting with questions that can quickly limit your little girl's options? Help in Germany or abroad? Animals or people? Children or everyone? Medical help? Environmental support? Charities that loan to small-business owners? Of course you're influencing your daughter's choice, but that's all…
91 posts, 02:52 yesterday
Marrying a German - advice for an American
I'd take not interesting any day over the 'horrible heartless jackasses' I married into. Tomorrow (today technically) is seven years since I arrived in Germany. I would not recommend giving so much of yourself to a relationship as it takes to leave your home and start over somewhere new unless you are a strong,…
23 posts, 22.Nov.2014
Volunteering in libraries or archives
93 posts, 22.Nov.2014
Dog barking when I'm not home
Please don't leave your dog alone and muzzled for a few hours. That's just asking for trouble. Your dog could seriously injure itself if it decides to try and get it off. Muzzles should only be used when an adult is supervising the dog. I had to laugh when I read about you being worried about the kitchen being…
4 posts, 22.Nov.2014
Looking for a seedbox
20 posts, 22.Nov.2014
Buying a house - gathering info
This ones fine - it just means there are some pipes (probably sewage) from the neighbours running across your property and youre not allowed to dig 'em up or block them off. They may be in the way of future development though if you need to put a foundation in JUST THERE. This is something special and means the city…
10 posts, 22.Nov.2014
Movies with German dubbing and the same subtitles
19 posts, 22.Nov.2014
Selling my car
36 posts, 22.Nov.2014
Confused about tax class changes if spouse works
5 posts, 22.Nov.2014
Paying Taxes in Germany - Net Salary
17 posts, 21.Nov.2014
Travel to USA via Canada
6 posts, 21.Nov.2014
Prepaid SIM cards with data plan
12 posts, 21.Nov.2014
Change of mobile and choosing a data plan
10 posts, 21.Nov.2014
Cancelled order sent to me and now sending Mahnung
4 posts, 21.Nov.2014
Can't get the caps lock key back on Mac keyboard
22 posts, 21.Nov.2014
Evicting a roommate who is subletting
No. Verboten. Do not change the locks. As long as the contract is valid the subtenant must be granted access to the rented room and shared rooms. As to removing the stranger: Sure. Making sure that he leaves the key behind. Have the rent arrears reached two full net rents (without operating costs)? Then you should be able…
69 posts, 21.Nov.2014
Problems using PostIdent to identify yourself
17 posts, 21.Nov.2014
Using Deutschlandsim - Experiences - Rates are cheap
6 posts, 21.Nov.2014
Registerd in Germany, bereavement in UK.
The problem is, if you do not deregister in Germany, the Krankenkasse will come looking for the monthly payments you should have been paying here in Germany. So you should deregister as soon as possible and also contact the Krankenkasse to try to negotiate your way out of having to pay anything. I'm not an expert, but…
12 posts, 21.Nov.2014
Maintaining a house abroad
Because of the tax treaty, if you rent the house out, that income is taxed in the US. Then that income is included in your income in Germany in determining your tax rate which doesn't raise the amount you are taxed on in Germany but changes the rate in which you are taxed. On the other hand, I was able to deduct the…
26 posts, 21.Nov.2014
FIA Formula E, 2014-2015 inaugural season
6 posts, 21.Nov.2014
Satellite internet reception problems
18 posts, 21.Nov.2014
Minimum employee salary for eligibility for the TK
Just spoke to the TK, and indeed they said as long as I make minimum 450 and have an "unbefristet" contract, I just have to go to work for a week (!) and then I am in. It is amazing how many people who work in this field do not know this. Yes, ever since August 2013 the "Obligatorische Ansclussversicherung&quo...…
26 posts, 21.Nov.2014
Compensation for changed flight
actually,on second thought, I suspect they won't be obliged to offer you anything. There's a train from Stuttgart at 5:51am which gets you to Frankfurt Airport without changing trains by 7:06, leaving a little time for delays. While 5:51 is of course not particularly pleasant, I doubt you can argue you'd need…
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