White Rose of Yorkshire

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  1. „On 12 June 2020, the federal cabinet adopted the first extensive measures that form part of the stimulus package, which takes decisive action to tackle the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. The measures that were adopted include a temporary reduction of VAT rates in the second half of 2020, a €300 bonus for families with children, improved depreciation rules for businesses, and an extensive short-term aid programme for small and medium-sized firms.


    These actions are key elements in the €130 billion stimulus package that was agreed between the parties in Germany’s governing coalition on 3 June 2020. The package is comprised of targeted measures that are designed to give the economy a powerful boost, to safeguard jobs, and to guide a modernised Germany into an environmentally sustainable future.


    The draft legislation adopted by the cabinet will now be forwarded to the German Bundestag for deliberation. The cabinet will decide shortly on additional measures that will form part of the stimulus package.“







  2. My husband became seriously ill in December and Christmas just seemed to pass us by. I was doing  some spring cleaning today and came across a large tin filled with minature chocolate Father Christmases and other christmas goodies, all of which are still edible. We have been watching tv and eating the christmas goodies this evening and it was great.


  3. Please do not put the Parkschützers and the rioters in the same category. There is absolutely no excuse for the riot in Stuttgart yesterday or the attack on the police  officers.


    FYI: The parkschützers were atttacked by a police force from Bavaria. German police never deploy the local police force for such things as they may have to deal with their neighbour or their child‘s teacher. If you don‘t know the people you are dealing with you act differently.




  4. "Det Ch Insp Mark Cranwell, who is in charge of the Met investigation - known as Operation Grange - said the suspect, then aged 30, frequented the Algarve between 1995 and 2007, staying for "days upon end" in his camper van and living a "transient lifestyle".


    He was in the Praia da Luz area where the McCann family was staying when she disappeared and received a phone call at 19:32, which ended at 20:02. Madeleine is believed to have disappeared between 21:10 and 22:00 that evening.


    Police have released details of the suspect's phone number (+351 912 730 680) and the number which dialled him (+351 916 510 683), and said any information about these numbers could be "critical".





  5. Due to the loss of income because of the corona virus, you can apply to your Health Insurance Company and the Rentenversicherung to have your monthly payments reduced.


    You can also apply to the local Finanzamt and apply for a Fristverlängerung for the payment of Mwst. There is a contact form on the website of all Finanzamts.


  6. 2 hours ago, JTWMD said:

    I'm having a problem with my landlord. I’ve lived in my apartment for 2 years. I’ve always gotten along with my landlord and considered him a great person. He helped me when no one else would. Now I’m being threatened with eviction and being harassed and intimidated.



    The landlord insists on cash payment of rent. Sometimes I get a receipt for the payment. Most times I asked for but didn't get a receipt. I had no other rental options and felt trapped in the situation.



    7. I have received texts to "get downstairs immediately" if the landlord knows that I am working. He knows because it is night work after 5 pm. He rents the other two apartments to day laborers or people on vacation. For this reason I have asked to work at these times.


    Don't panic, your landlord wasn't being nice to you. He probably helped you in the past because he had found someone who was prepared to pay the rent in cash without a receipt. Most people would never have entered into such an agreement.


    The agreement works both ways. As you always paid your rent in cash without a receipt, how can your landlord  prove that you owe him money?


    Night work begins at 8.00 p.m. not 5.00 p.m.


    It would be interesting to know if the other tenants or holiday makers also pay cash for the use of the apartments.


    If the rent is not paid into a bank account and there is no receipt, your landlord is probably not declaring his rental income and will not be taxed on it. Your local tax office will be very interested to hear your story.


  7. "Regardless of your personal circumstances, if you have a sick note and then leave the country, this can appear as if you are using your sick note to have a nice  extended holiday. This may be a reason to fire you.


    You should use the time off sick to recover and maybe have some therapy. You could also apply for a Kur.


    Why on earth do you think senior managers should inform you when they go on holiday?


    As you hadn’t been informed about the new colleague who needs a computer, why did you provide him with one and give him access to the system which you yourself say is unauthorized? This could also be a reason to fire you.


    Your Doctor gave you exact instructions about what to do:


    “…..so he signed me off work for stress for 3 weeks and told to:


    Email and post my sick note to my employer and to not engage/communicate further - literally, do nothing but recuperate

    - To contact him at the end of the 3 weeks for a probable extension of a further 3 weeks to rest."


    Why did you ignore his advice?


    “I wasn't sure if I would follow through, thinking I might try to negotiate home working for a week or so to recover”


    Why do you want to work when you have a sick note?


    The link you provided is from DGB and is about a project ( it is not law). It gives advice and recommendations for mobile workers from central and eastern Europe. I think this is aimed at people who help with the harvest  and strawberry picking and things like that. You are not a mobile worker. Are you a member of a trade union?  




    Your clients are most likely not experts in the ways of the German tax system so don't listen to them seek expert advice.


    If you previously earned more than 17,000 € per year then you must charge your clients VAT.


    BTW:  The VAT threshold was raised to 22,000 € on 1st January 2020.




    You should write your invoice something like this:


    Xxxx hours or whatever           800,00 €


    19% VAT                                 152,00 €


    Are you a member of any professional organisations? If not, have a look at the homepage of the Verband der Gründer und Selbständigen Deutschlands e.V. There is a wealth of information to be found there. https://www.vgsd.de/








  9. 20 hours ago, Petedln said:

    I guess I will cough up the rent in the meantime as I don't really get anything from withholding it except probably more trouble.



    As others have said, contact the Mieterverein as soon as possible.


    If the Mieterverein agrees to handle your case, then all contact will be between the Mieterverein and your landlord.


    Don't pay anything at all before you have discussed your case with the Mieterverein. Make copies of all relevant documents, rental contracts etc. and take some ID with you. All correspondence will be handled by the Mieterverein.


    You can also arrange for someone from the Mieterverein to come and inspect the flat and be a witness when you hand the keys back.




  10. As you didn’t have a tax identification number your employer was legally obliged to class you in tax bracket 6. I would suggest you contact your local tax office and explain your situation to them, perhaps they can backdate your tax bracket to your first day of work. Your employer must act on the information they receive from the tax office so they are the people you need to contact.


    You may get a tax refund on your computers but this will be in 2021m after you have submitted your tax return for 2020.


  11. On 14.1.2020, 06:32:58, dj_jay_smith said:


    Actually this is not always the best approach!


    I was told once by a works council member that it is often better not to say anything.  Because if it goes to court then they already know your defence in advance and can counter against it, whereas if you don't provide a response then they have to react immediately during the court case and have no time to prepare a counter argument!




    1. If he ignores the accusations and doesn’t deny them, then he more or less admits what he has been accused of because he hasn’t offered any counter arguments.


    2. Going to court is a last resort and comes after a lengthy exchange of letters between employer and employee and their legal advisors. Sometimes both sides come to an agreement and there is no need to go to court.


    3.  It could take several weeks or even months to get a court hearing.      


    4. When his case is heard, one of the first questions he will be asked is how he responded to the accusations against him.




  12. 14 hours ago, SpongeOver said:

    Letter was folded in such a way that it had my name, address and the line "Kündigung des Arbeitsverhältnisses vom" clearly visible through the window. Called. Told it was true, just the date in the letter was wrong. 




    Which date was wrong, the date they wrote the letter or the date your contract will be terminated?

    Don't want to build your hopes up but if the date they wrote the letter was wrong it could be that the letter is invalid as the notice period may be wrong.


    Have you contacted a legal advisor? You won't get your job back but you could get some extra compensation if the dates are not correct. Also data protection laws seem to be unknown if all the world could see that the word "Kündigung" was visible in the window of the envelope.


    I wish you the best of luck finding a new job.  


  13. @robinson100: So sad to hear that. I hope you will have lots of nice colleagues in your new place of work.

    Make sure you get a good reference and think about some of the things you would like mentioned.


  14. If Prince Harry and Meghan had had half a functioning brain between them, they could have said Megan was suffering from postnatal depression and Prince Harry was taking time out to be with his family. Nobody would have said anything against them and they would have had time to discuss things in depth with the family. To make a public statement like they did against the wishes of the family shows what a self-centered pair they are.


    The Queen is 93 and Prince Philipp is 98 and not in the best of health. They shouldn’t have to be dealing with things like this at their age.


  15. Warning letters should be given as soon as the cause for complaint is known.


    Were the things you are accused of known at the time of happening or were they discovered at a later date? For example, if you repeatedly turned up late for work in October/November you should have been given the warning letters then not months after.


    If you receive three written warnings then a termination of your contract is usually on its way. Perhaps this is what your company is planning to do. Does your company have a Betriebsrat?


    Do not ignore the written warnings, give an explanation or denial to all the accusations against you.


    As Someonesdaughter suggested you need a laywer specialised in Arbeitsrecht.





  16. You have to read between the lines here.


    "Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the Royal Family…….."


    The royal we, or majestic plural (pluralis majestatis), is the use of a plural pronoun (or corresponding plural-inflected verb forms) to refer to a single person who is a monarch. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_we


    Her Majesty didn’t say working members of the Royal Family she said FULL-TIME working members


    The Queen did not use their titles, she said Harry and Meghan that says it all.






  17. 3 hours ago, kiplette said:



    Absolutely. Even if between them they have literally no marketable skills, then they would be fine just because of who they are  - there is no 'without the royal image' - they are still going to be undertaking royal, or public duties when required. This seems very clear from the statements which have been made.


    You cannot be a part-time royal.


    3 hours ago, fraufruit said:


    Lots of rich kids and not rich kids born with huge expectations placed on them. It's a major stress and leads to feeling not good enough whether big money is involved or not.


    I applaud Harry for protecting his wife and son and future children from what his mother went through. Not an easy decision to make.


    Prince William also suffered and protects his wife and children in the UK without stepping back from his royal duties. 


    5 hours ago, fraufruit said:

    In case anyone missed it, Meghan has signed a contract with Disney to do a voice over provided that her money goes to Elephants Without Borders charity. Doesn't look like she is hurting for money.


    This is why our royals cannot take on a paid position because we expect them to do charitable work and be patrons of various charitable organisations. We also expect them to let us have an insight into their lives. See how Prince William and Catherine share details of the birth of their children, christenings, first day at the Kindergarten etc. You cannot take public money and then exclude the public from your life.


    It is not possible to be a part-time royal, it is like having your cake and eating it.  That the Royal family will agree to the Queen ‘s great grandson being brought up outside the UK is hard to believe even if Prince Harry renounces all his titles and royal income.


    I feel sorry for the baby. Will he have to go to Nursery School from January –June in Canada and then July-December in England. Will he ever have real friends when he spends six months of the year in another country or just hangers on?      


  18. After spending six weeks in Canada, Prince Harry and Meghan flew back to London on Tuesday without their son. Wednesday they went to the Canada’s High Commission in London, camera team in tow to thank Canadians for the lovely time they had had in Canada. They don’t like the press but when it suits them they take a camera crew with them. Meghan then flew back to Canada on Thursday without her husband.


    It would be interesting to know if they flew privately or with a normal plane and also who paid for the flights and security. Their carbon footprint is also a big issue.


    “One thing the royal couple might need to consider is immigration laws. Canada is part of the Commonwealth and Prince Harry's grandmother the Queen is the head of state so although he will see her face on the currency, he's not a citizen. As a Briton, the prince is entitled to spend up to six months a year as a visitor in Canada - anything longer than that and he would have to apply for a visa. As an American citizen, the same rules apply for his wife”.



    If I were the Queen,  I would kindly request the Canadian Government not to grant them a visa. That would really put a spanner in their works.



  19. They got married in a relatively short period of time for royal standards. When Princess Anne got married the second time round the marriage took place in Scotland. When Prince Charles and Camilla got married, they had a civil ceremony and a church blessing. When Prince Harry and Meghan (also divorced) got married, it was a white church wedding and Prince Harry got special permission from his Grandmother to wear his uniform even though he had a full beard. Lots of exceptions and special rules from the start and then they moan that they want a normal life. At the time most Brits were happy that Prince Harry had seemed to found the love of his life and welcomed Meghan into the royal family.


    Sadly things have changed since then.

    High turnover of staff in the Sussex household.


    "The Duchess of Sussex lost three assistants within the span of a few months.

    Not to mention, baby Archie — who was born in May 2019 — reportedly had "three nannies in six weeks," according to The Sun.


    "One of the more salacious rumors surrounding Meghan Markle is her alleged mistreatment toward one of Kate Middleton's staffers. The claim came to light in December 2018, not too long after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding, with an insider recounting to The Scottish Sun how Middleton supposedly reprimanded Markle for her poor behavior. It's not exactly clear what inspired the dressing down, but the Duchess of Sussex allegedly "b****ed" out Middleton's staffer to the point where the mom-of-two had to step in. "That's unacceptable, they're my staff and I speak to them," the Duchess of Cambridge supposedly told her sister-in-law, an intervention that led to the pair's falling out."



    In such a short period of time things have turned sour. Reports of Prince Harry informing his staff that Meghan gets whatever she wants. The two brothers going their sperate ways, the newly weds acting against their families advice and going public and when things get hot Meghan goes back to Canada. 


    I hope I am wrong but I wonder if they will still be together in ten years time.