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  1. Hi there,    If you are employed in Germany and your company usually allows home office working 50-100% of the time, and:   1) You are a non-EU national with residence rights   2) Or an EU national   3) And you, briefly for a few days not weeks (i.e temporarily) wish to do your home office days abroad in either:  a] an EU country, (where you ALSO have work permit /freedom of movement there)  b] a non-EU country (where you ALSO have work permit /freedom of movement there)   On a general level, is this forbidden from a German employment law standpoint?   This whole topic has been catalysed since COVID, because during lockdowns people were stranded in whichever country they were in at the time, and many had absolutely no choice but to work home office from abroad, and employers had absolutely no choice but to allow it.   Reason I am asking is that I've heard so many conflicting stories from friends working for employers both in Germany and in EU, where employers have cited questionable reasons for not allowing it (German law, taxation etc) in some cases, and in other cases where employers are fine with it if it's just a few days.   I also know an EU colleague in Germany who wanted to do a few home office days in her home EU country and she was told she couldn't., with the employer passing the buck saying German law won't allow it.   Then other non-EU friends working for German employers who allowed them to work a few days home office not even in an EU country, but US.   And in another twist, a further friend (British) who was told they couldn't because they weren't an EU citizen, and they argued that if they work home office in Ireland this should be OK, because of the common travel + work area between UK and IE. In that case, after much harumphing, the employer agreed.   Everyone seems to have a different story. And in all cases, their work contracts neither include nor exclude working home office *abroad* although the "concept" of home office working is mentioned in their contracts.   It almost seems like employers don't know how to tackle this, and in cases where they reject brief periods of home office abroad, they panic and just say "err... it's 'cos of the law. Our hands are tied"   I'd love to know others' thoughts or own personal experiences on this one.    It seems very arbitrary.    
  2. Accountability in HR meetings

    Obviously, recording without permission is not a great idea.   But... You could say it like this: My phone is recording audio for minutes taking purposes. If you object to the recording, you can decide to terminate the meeting and leave the room.   If they walk out, you've saved yourself a meeting with them. If they terminate and reschedule, just keep doing the same thing again.
  3. A tip: An alternative (or add-on) to the legal route of complaining about slow processing of residence permits, is to contact members of the "Integrationsrat" (or whatever your city calls it) or local politicians.   Members of the integrationsrat often contain non-EU members of the public living in the city who are not politicians themselves, but are often loosely affiliated with a political party, and who have a direct line to the powers that be at the town hall / Behoerde.    If you dig around your town hall / Behoerde website you'll find Tagesordnung Minutes published where their reps occasionally flag issues.   Alternatively, you can try contacting a real local politician. Occasionally they'll flag issues. In both cases, even if you reveal your real name to them, they will almost always reply and ask you whether you wish to remain anonymous (or not) when they flag the issue higher - sometimes even beyond town to state level.   Contacting any of the above can sometimes magically and curiously result in your residency being processed faster :-)   PS: The town Tagesordnung minutes are often very boring (traffic cones etc) but they often have real treasures hidden in there ;-)