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  • Location Mannheim
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  • Year of birth 1977
  1. German labor laws for sick days

    The solution for public holidays, weekends or when your GP is closed etc ist called "ärztlicher Bereitschaftsdienst". For things that cannot wait but are no emergengies.  You can check online where they are in your area or call 116 117.  
  2. Have you spoken to your landlord? S/he is the one you should talk to about cancellation of contract and Nachmieter.  
  3. Finding Golden retriever breeder

    Does she have a German speaking friend who could call on her behalf and explain? A lot of people do ok with English in face to face meetings, but struggle when in comes to writing or - even more difficult - phone conversations.   
  4. Funny or shocking job interview stories

      I hope you didn't stay with the company much longer?  I sometimes think my work is a bit like a kindergarten, but yours sounds like bullies on a playground, not to mention highly unprofessional. 
  5. Kurzarbeit and postponing the holidays

    An add on to the end of March: in the company I work for, people on union contracts have until the end of March, just like @LukeSkywalker said. In practise, this means that the first day of your holiday needs to be 31 March. So theoretically, you can save up your 30 days from last year + the 30 days from this year and go on holiday roughly from end of March until the end of June or whenever the 60 working days run out.  
  6. Kurzarbeit and postponing the holidays

    The only exception to what pappnase has said is "compelling personal reasons" such as an inability to work or caring for an ill or elderly relative.  More here:     I don't think the five days karin mentioned are all that customary though, I have never heard of it from my employers or among my family/friends. How they deal with vacation days is completely up to the employer or depends on the union contract. So it ranges from employers that want you to take every day in the calender year and exceptions have to be requested and granted by the management (in special cases - see in above link) to being able to transfer a few days or as many days as you like and having to take them until the end of September the following year.    End of March is morst common though, that is definitely correct. 
  7. Best way to reject a job offer

    PS: The best way would actually be to call first and write. If your German is up to it. Don't get into long drawn out explanations. 
  8. Best way to reject a job offer

    Not HR, but have hired a share of people. We have a database for applications. In the past, it would include info on whether or not people have applied before and have been rejected - either for internships, apprenticeships or jobs. It has never had an impact on whether we invite someone to an interview though.  As for refusing an offer: If done professionally, it would not be an obstacle in the company I work for. What would be flagged, however, is unprofessional behaviour: people who string you along, make you send the contract, have seventeen questions, go on holiday and - after weeks and weeks - say they are not interested. We had that once and our number two and number three choice had found different jobs in the meantime. So we had to start from scratch. I was not a happy camper and yes, I remember the name and told HR what had gone down. If they apply at a subsidiary or a different location, people wouldn't know about it. Not surprising with a total of 18,000 employees, but at headquarters, they know. It cost time, money and I absolutely hate interviews and I hated having to redo everything.    That being said: These days, with the data projection act in force, we can't store rejected applications for longer than ??(6 months?) if we do not have a good cause. Any personal data that could be used to positively identify people needs to be deleted. Not sure how any kind of tracking could work then, I don't think it would be legal.    People sometimes forget that the hiring process is not meant personally. Sometimes the other person just has that bit more experience in a certain area. Sometimes they outperformed you in the interview, sometimes the chemistry was better, sometimes you are to close in character to another person on the team and they want a wider variety. Chosing someone else is just that, it doesn't mean they are rejecting you. The same goes for the applicant.    We have also rehired people that had quit. Why not if there are no hard feelings and everything was done professionally? A lot of bosses understand, for example if you want to advance your career or if you move etc.    I would say let them know as soon as possible so they have a chance to contact their number 2 on the list.    Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren, (better: The name of the future boss and HR representative or whoever you had dealings with)   herzlichen Dank für Ihr Interesse und, dass Sie sich für mich entschieden haben. Ich kann Ihr Angebot jedoch leider nicht annehmen. Aus persönlichen Gründen habe ich mich nach reiflicher Überlegung entschlossen, ein anderes Angebot anzunehmen.  Ich bedauere die Umstände, die Ihnen dadurch entstehen und wünsche Ihnen viel Erfolg bei der Besetzung der Stelle. Xyz ist für mich weiterhin ein äußerst interessanter Arbeitgeber und vielleicht ergibt sich ja in Zukunft einmal eine Gelegenheit zur Zusammenarbeit.    Mit freundlichen Grüßen   
  9. There is the VDH (Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen) where you can usually find a list of breeders. Not all of them are 100 % reputable and not all of them can be recommended, but they must adhere to the federation rules which are far away from a puppy mill. You can enter your ZIP code on the website, I found a breeder near Oranienburg, for example. A lot of breeds will also have separate federations  I found  and, there might be more because most breeds will have more than one and they are not always on good terms, usually having got into an argument of some sort decades ago and now still in a huff. (Not always, of course, but you get my point.)   That should give you a good starting point.  Our dog's breeder is no longer in the VDH, because he didn't agree with the health rules (his own are stricter) and the number of litters allowed in a certain time frame (again, his own rules are stricter), but they are still a reconized authority. If there are issues with a certain breed, google will reveal all :-) and you can form your own opinion.    There are other federations and more, but I don't know enough to comment on the differences between them.     At the moment, there is a lot of demand for puppies because many people deparately want a dog (bored?) and most shelters in Germany are scared of what will happen when all those dogs hit puberty. It has also made the situation wrt imported puppies from puppy mills a whole lot worse because people are stupid: they want a cheap dog now and don't care where it comes from. In the end it's the dogs that suffer. Aside from the suffering and abuse at the "producers", a lot of imported puppies will end up costing the owners a lot of money in vet bills.    A reputable breeder  - will let you come for a visit, actually, they will want to you to come for a visit to meet you - will very likely have a waiting list  - will be happy to show you the parents and talk to you about their dogs  - will be happy to tell you how they start to socialize the puppies  - will not give you a dog younger than 8 & 9 weeks and the dog will be chipped, vaccinated and wormed - will not be cheap. Raising puppies is not cheap and while the price depends on demand, it will quite likely to be, I guess, upwards of 800 €  - will tell you to get in touch if you are ever in trouble and cannot keep the dog. s/he will either take it back or help you find a home.    The alternative is breed specific rescues. Sometimes that is also done through the federations or there might be a facebook group. Sometimes dogs are returned to the breeder for one reason or another. Sometimes a breeder has a young dog that they meant to breed with, but it doesn't quite make the standard.    I wanted a puppy of a specific breed. I found a breeder whose dogs I love and whose principles I admire. I didn't care how long it was going to take even though it might have been 1 1/2 years (it was less in the end). We are going to give a rescue dog a home in the future as well, but at some point I would like a puppy again as well. One doesn't have to exclude the other, in my view. 
  10. First I would suggest you get a new lawyer. My sister got divorced. It was a long, drawn out affair, but the lawyer did not send her a bill for part of the cost until about halfway through. The only thing that she had to pay right away were court fees. She considered applying for assistance, but decided not to as it would have been very complicated in the long run.  Another family member applied for the assistance and it got granted within 3(?) weeks. He also did not receive any bill from his lawyer beforehand.    Re: Grundbuch - How did that work? Didn't you have to sign the contract at the notary? What did the bank say? I don't think they'd be to happy to have you on the loan if you are not an owner as this is probably your only asset.    I would suggest:  - call court to inform them you have not been getting their mail (or have friend call or write a letter for you)  - find a new lawyer asap. The one you have does not seem to be working in your best interest. All letters from the court and the other lawyer should be sent to him/her in order to reply to the standard stuff, e-mail you a draft reply together with the letter from the opposing party and informing you what your options are. At least this is what I have seen from the recent laywer contacts in my family (funny enough: the only three cases ever dealt with in my family in my life. Not counting notary stuff for buying houses. Disclaimer: I have never been to a lawyer in my life (despite being German) so this is all observation. My familiy usually forwards those e-mails to me to help sort through the legalese and this is the procedure those three lawyers followed. You could also ask friends to recommend a lawyer.    Good luck and don't let them get you down! 
  11. Oh, and definitely read your contract and talk to the Hausmeister. If s/he is good, they might have an idea who is causing problems and why.  For now I would probably think it is nothing personal, but an idiot with a pocket knife and nothing to do who thinks "I wonder what happens if..."  Otherwise you would have needed to work very quickly , pissing off someone enough to not only identify you as the owner of the bike trailer, but also to decide to damage your property. Not impossible, but I find the other scenario more likely. 
  12. You could also ring the doorbell of the people who have windows that overlook the courtyard, introduce yourself and ask if they have seen anything. It's more personal than putting a letter in everyone's mailbox, which they will probably just ignore. If you kid is as quiet and well behaved as you say (not to mention probably cute ) take him/her along. Many people will warm up more quicky if there is a little kid involved.  You could also introduce yourself to the people just below you and ask if they can hear you little one running around and to let you know if there is an issue. Doesn't mean that you will have to comply with every demand, should they turn out to be stupid/annoying/unreasonable etc. but most people will appreciate the gesture.   
  13. Owning 'Dangerous' dogs in Germany

    Even if the breed of dog is classified as potentially dangerous in your Bundesland, the dog can go through an assesment (Wesenstest) that, if passed, would mean the dog does not have to be muzzled. (also in the table in Bramble's link)    It's also quite hard sometimes to determine the exact breed of dog just by looking at it. Some mixes can look like pitbulls or Staffordshire terriers etc. 
  14. Resignation without notice period

    Info from john g.'s link (translation by see below.  I have highlighted the part about resigning. I don't think there is a difference between large and small companies. Especially not if you don't have a written contract in the first place. You can always try to negotiate a shorter time until you quit and sign an Aufhebungsvertrag. But your boss would have to agree and you'd have to make sure they don't screw you over.    I would suggest sending a registered letter, not putting it in the mailbox, so you can prove that he has received it.  Also, you might want to mention everything he still owes you, or if you have any vacation time etc.  An example for a wording (note the vacation days are calculated on a 5 day week and of course you have to substract any days you have taken):   Sehr geehrter Herr xxx,   hiermit kündige ich fristgerecht zum (date).    Aufgrund der mir von Januar bis August 2020 zustehenden xx Urlaubstage (20 Tage gesetzlicher Urlaubsanspruch anteilig für 8 Monate = 13 Tage minus xx bereits genommene Tage) ist mein letzter Arbeitstag der xx 2020.    Ich bitte um eine kurze schriftliche Bestätigung der Kündigung, gerne auch per E-Mail, sowie um die Ausstellung eines Arbeitszeugnisses.    Mit freundlichen Grüßen    CristianM Arbeiten ohne schriftlichen Arbeitsvertrag: Bei Unklarheiten gelten die gesetzlichen Regelungen Wenn Sie sich auf einen mündlichen Arbeitsvertrag einlassen, kann es sein, dass Unklarheiten über die genauen Konditionen Ihres Arbeitsverhältnisses auftreten. Können Sie sich im Nachhinein mit Ihrem Arbeitgeber nicht einigen und steht Aussage gegen Aussage gelten für Sie die folgenden gesetzlichen Regelungen: Anspruch auf den gesetzlichen Mindesturlaub (24 Tage bei einer 6-Tage-Woche) Maximale tägliche Arbeitszeit von acht Stunden (branchenspezifische Abweichungen möglich) Branchen- und berufsüblicher Lohn (zumindest der gesetzliche Mindestlohn) Gesetzlich geregelte Pausenzeiten Anspruch auf Lohnfortzahlung im Krankheitsfall Gesetzliche Kündigungsfrist (für den Arbeitnehmer vier Wochen zum 15. oder zum Ende des Kalendermonats, für den Arbeitgeber nach Betriebszugehörigkeit des Arbeitnehmers gestaffelte Kündigungsfristen) Bei Anwendbarkeit eines Tarifvertrags gelten die Regelungen aus diesem Gut zu wissen: Selbst wenn der Arbeitsvertrag mündlich geschlossen wurde, muss die Kündigung immer schriftlich erfolgen.   Working without a written employment contract: In case of ambiguities, the legal regulations apply If you enter into an oral employment contract, there may be some uncertainty about the exact terms of your employment relationship. If you are unable to reach an agreement with your employer afterwards, and if it is a matter of statement against statement, the following legal regulations apply to you: - Entitlement to the statutory minimum leave (24 days in a 6-day week) - Maximum daily working time of eight hours (sector-specific deviations possible) - Industry and customary wage (at least the statutory minimum wage) - Legally regulated break times - Entitlement to continued payment of wages in the event of illness - Statutory period of notice (for the employee four weeks to the 15th or end of the calendar month, for the employer staggered notice periods according to the employee's length of service) - If a collective bargaining agreement is applicable, the provisions of this Good to know: even if the employment contract was concluded orally, the notice of termination must always be in writing.  
  15. What is a „ Karen ?“

      Heinz? Or maybe Horst? Not to be confused with Vollhorst!