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About deuu2010

  • Birthday 05/05/1979

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  • Location Munich
  • Nationality British
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  1. UK general election - 8th June 2017

    Related to this topic, I have lived in Germany since September 2016. I know I can register to vote postally with my vote counted in the last consituency I lived in. Has something changed in the last few years? I though you could in the past choose any constituency you had a historical link to?   
  2. I know this topic is a perennial, but I have struggled for hours on this. I have living in Munich since September 2016 and want to change my UK licence as with Brexit pending, it will only get harder. A second reason is I hope it will be a more practical ID card to carry than a passport. As a British Citizen I guess I should be carry my passport at all times? As I passed my test in 1996 I have minibus and light lorry categories. I have tried to understand this: It took 2 months to get an appointment and only then did I learn that I would need a medical and eye test. In the office they said verbally that any Hausarzt could do it, and any optician too. However I’m not sure. My Hausarzt quoted me €100 for the health test plus €50 for blood tests. Fielmann will do a seight test for only €6,50 but I fear that isn’t good enough? Also do I need both a medical and eye test for C and D? It is also confusing as in Germany something changes at 50 years but will the affect me if I’m 37 but is valid until 15 years hence? The other alternative is to just let the categoried lapse but it might be useful to drive a transit van in the future. Hoever would I need to repeat these tests every 5 years? If it costs €200 every 5 years that isn't exactly cheap. Or should I just do nothing and wait 2 years to see what happens? I don't own a card yet (yet!)
  3. holiday pay for employee paid hourly

    I am supposed to work 38,5 hours, my contract is 35 hours as it applies to all the clients the agency has. I have sign something else which says I should work 38,5 hours. So far so good. My pay is in two parts, a tariff-agreed amount, plus a top up (Einsatzzulage?) which I (slightly) less that the basic wage. Any hours I work above 35 hours are paid out in the same month, but only at the top up rate. The same hours are also "banked" or summed into the ZA account. I had a meeting with the agency but they weren't able to explain it to me. The half day was not allowed as Urlaub, only as "Zeitausgleichsantrag"  which I booked. However this didn't result in anything being credited to the ZA account, so I seem to have gained nothing, neither wages nor addition to my ZA account. I have no idea what will happen when I actually draw down this ZA, I guess I will be paid for the part I wasn't paid when my excess hours were paid in. The explanation from my employer was I have gained as if I had done that in a month I hadn't worked the 38,5 hours, I wouldn't have been penalised. On the one hand I can't believe the agency is unable to make its own process work, on the other I feel like I'm being exploited as they say "this is how it is in Germany". 
  4. holiday pay for employee paid hourly

      It is very long and written in complex language. I need to try to find a reference to holiday pay or somehow a reference to hours over and above the preset working hours?
  5. holiday pay for employee paid hourly

      I get paid for the exact hours I work, which sometimes is more than 38,5 and sometimes less, but those hours are what I aim at working each week. When I take a day off or for public holidays, I get paid for 7 hours.
  6. holiday pay for employee paid hourly

    I am working via an employment agency for client company. The contract was quite confusing as to whether I would be working a 35 hour week or a 38,5 hour week. The contract has monthly hours which is quite complicated to interpret at first glance. The 38,5 hours was something mentioned in an email faily early on in the process of being offered a job, as it is the standard working week in the client company. I initially started working a 35 hour week as I was following what was in the contract. I was then told to work 38,5 hours. I have been told I have 2 days paid holiday per month, but during the first 6 months I can only take 1,5 days per month. My problem is more with the pay I received for holidays.  I am also only paid 7 hours wages per day off, which seems unfair as I am working 38,5 hour weeks, which means an average working day is 7,7 hours. When I challenged this, my employer just said that was the way it was, although he was confused. He now seems to be offering time off in lieu, which makes it even more complicated to keep track of. It this legal or normal practice in Germany?