White Rose of Yorkshire

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  1. ALG / Help for Freelancers Affected By Corona Virus?

    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.
  2. Landlord attempting to evict me.

      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.
  3. Being fired whilst sick and out of the country

    "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?    
  4. VAT Question for Freelancer

      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.   https://www.lexoffice.de/gesetzesaenderungen/kleinunternehmerregelung-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/            
  5. Landlord Deposit and Contract Issue

      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.    
  6. Is Prince Harry revolting?

    Arthur Edwards, Royal photographer of over 40 years said  Harry has changed since he met Meghan and not for the better. The comments are interesting too.   https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7868401/Royal-photographer-Arthur-Edwards-says-prince-changed-meeting-Meghan-Markle.html#comments      
  7. Brexit: The fallout

    1 hour ago, Keleth said: What exactly was the raw deal ?   Why did Britain lose control of its own EEZ? “When Britain joined the European Economic Community in 1973, the introduction of the common fisheries policy (CFP) and a shared EEZ for the whole of the EU was largely based on existing patterns of fishing, which tended to favour continental fishermen who had stayed closer to home. In extreme cases that meant, for example, that the quota share for cod in the English Channel favoured French fisherman over British by nine to one.   The UK government was seen as too weak to negotiate more favourable splits based on the actual stocks of its fish. It still has exclusive access to waters less than six miles from the coast”. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2018/mar/23/britains-fishing-fleet-and-brexit-promises-key-questions-answered   The EU’s betrayal of Britain’s fishing industry “From French wineries to the German automotive industry, it is clear other member states do all they can to protect important sections of their own economy and heritage, while British politicians willingly give away one of our own.   As the United Nations Law of the Sea states: “The exclusive economic zone shall not extend beyond 200 nautical miles from the baselines”. Yet Britain’s fishing rights have now been reduced by the EU to a mere 12 miles.” http://www.thecommentator.com/article/6092/the_eu_s_betrayal_of_britain_s_fishing_industry                                                      
  8. Brexit: The fallout

      I fail to see how people who abstained are going to suffer through no fault of their own.
  9. Sozialversicherungsausweis

    There was a change in the law in 1989 after which all working people were issued with a Sozialversicherungsausweis. You have to show this document to your new employer each time you change jobs. 
  10. Pflegeversicherung back payments

    @Bobbyger: Thanks for posting your problem here, hopefully it will help others in a similar situation.   So glad that things have worked out well for you and your family. 
  11. Tax refund specific questions

    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.
  12. Multiple Warning Letters at Once ("Abmahnung" by employer)

      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.    
  13. Why are you unhappy today?

      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.  
  14. VAT threshold

    The VAT threshold was raised to 22.000 € on 1st January 2020. I think you really need an accountant to advise you.    https://www.lexoffice.de/gesetzesaenderungen/kleinunternehmerregelung-2020/      
  15. Why are you unhappy today?

    @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.
  16. Cool stuff worth sharing

    There was a very interesting documentary on tv yesterday about German beer brewers that emigrated to America. It mentions the story of the Yuengling brewery and how Eberhard Anheuser and Adolphus Busch founded Budweiser.   https://www.ardmediathek.de/swr/player/Y3JpZDovL3N3ci5kZS9hZXgvbzExODg3NzU?devicetype=pc%2F      
  17. Is Prince Harry revolting?

    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.
  18. Multiple Warning Letters at Once ("Abmahnung" by employer)

    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.      
  19. Is Prince Harry revolting?

    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.        
  20. Is Prince Harry revolting?

      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?      
  21. Is Prince Harry revolting?

    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”. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51069091   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.  
  22. Is Prince Harry revolting?

    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." https://www.nickiswift.com/170829/we-now-know-why-people-dont-want-to-work-with-meghan-markle/   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.
  23. Why are you unhappy today?

    Hope you can visit your Mum and support her in her hour of need. Make sure you tell her how much she means to you and that you will always be there for her. Hope she finds some comfort in your words.   Cyber hugs from Stuttgart.
  24. Is Prince Harry revolting?

    Dickie Arbiter mentioned some interesting points:   “Former Buckingham Palace press officer Dickie Arbiter suggested the decision showed Prince Harry's "heart ruling his head". Asked how being a "part-time" member of the Royal Family might work, Mr Arbiter said he did not know. "If they're going to be based in the UK, it means they are going to be doing a lot of flying [with] a big carbon footprint," he said, adding that this may "raise eyebrows".   He also questioned how the couple would become financially independent. "I mean, Harry is not a poor man, but to settle yourself in two different continents, to raise a family, to continue to do your work - how's the work going to be funded?   "How is their security going to be funded? "Because they're still going to have to have security - who's going to have to pay for this? Where's the security coming from? Is the Metropolitan Police going to be providing it and if so whether there's going to be any contribution in covering the security cost?   Mr Arbiter also suggested questions would be raised over why £2.4m of taxpayer's money was spent on renovating the couple's home, Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, if they will now be living elsewhere for some of the year." https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-51040751      
  25. Scum of the Day

    This is so heartbreaking and so cruel. That the hunters laughed at the protesters shows what an arrogant bunch of toffs they are. Fox hunting is illegal. The man with the dead fox in his arms is my hero of the day.   "Gruesome footage shows a fox chased and killed by a pack of hounds in East Yorkshire. The incident was filmed by an anti-hunting activist during a New Year's Eve event organised by the Holderness Hunt. Humberside Police confirmed it is investigating the circumstances of the incident captured in the video, while the hunt refused to comment on it when contacted.   The activist who filmed it said he was "heartbroken" to witness the incident, the first occasion he had witnessed a kill first hand. He had attended the hunt around midday alongside others from East Yorkshire Coast Hunt Saboteurs and filmed the hounds as they followed the fox and attacked it."It's absolutely heartbreaking," he said. "It's horrible. You just think about what you could've done differently to save that fox's life."   A fox breaks away from the bushes and dashes out right underneath some of the hunters' horses, with the hounds in hot pursuit. The man chases the pack into a nearby field, pleading with the hunters to call off the dogs, passing another hunter on the way who laughs and says: "Well done young man, well done." He catches up to the hounds again, but the fox makes another break and they take off. He chases them screaming "leave it", but they soon catch up to the fox."   https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/fox-hunting-hounds-saboteur-police-3707332