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  1. I've been employed full time in Germany for over 2 years.  I am 18 months into a 2 year limited full time contract with an incompetent employer. Over a year ago they fired my only colleague (IT Dept for 50 employees in two locations) and have not had a single interview to replace him, leaving me the pressure to manage the entire IT needs for the organisation. Last month I asked for the last time, via email so I could have an answer in writing, if they were still hiring for a replacement. I was ignored and not even given an answer. I have been progressively getting stressed and they have progressively become even more chaotic. This Monday was the last straw: - All the senior management taking a week's vacation at the same time, without telling me (they do this a lot and I don't know why) - Hiring a freelancer without telling me, so I had to provide a non-existent computer and unauthorised logins for him - Moving a colleague to a new team, requiring a specific computer type that we dont have available - And a bunch of other things   I nearly fainted at the end of the day because I felt so unsupported, exhausted and stressed. The next day (Tuesday/yesterday), I asked the HR Partner to call me. She called me and said she was technically not working because she has taken early maternity leave, and the company have not hired a replacement. However, when I explained the situation and that I was finally too stressed to go in to work, she said she would contact senior management and call me back in the afternoon.   She did not call back, so I went to the doctor before they closed for the day and was lucky to be consulted. My doctor is highly supportive and when I was ill for a week recently with flu, he gave me a check-up, discussed my job with me, and asked me if I was stressed, to which I said yes, but that I would keep going with the job for the time being in the hope it would improve. Obviously things have escalated, 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   I wasn't sure if I would follow through, thinking I might try to negotiate home working for a week or so to recover, but when I checked my work email that night around 8pm, I had received an email from the HR Partner, with senior management CC'd in, saying that this is not acceptable and I should return to work, in a tone that is an attack on my professionalism and offers absolutely no support or acknowledgement that I am stressed due to the position they keep me in. Is this even legal, that I call HR to open a dialogue about my stress and then receive a command to continue at work? She even agreed during the call that it was not good I was uninformed about the new Freelancer starting.   My major concern: The only place I can imagine resting and improving my health is to return to my mother in the UK (I broke up with my gf recently and had to take a room in a WG with no contract (yet) at short notice. I have made my application to be put on the contract, but apparently Stadthaus landlord can take weeks to action it). If I am fired during this time, whilst on sick but out of the country, I will be unable to visit the Arbeitsagentur. Will I lose my claim to Arbeitslosgeld? I had hoped to take some weeks to recuperate, and then discuss with my employer moving forward - either to resign, be fired, mutually end the contract, handover to a replacement, etc - but their response is such that I feel insulted, unsupported and even that I do not trust them at all. They are so stupid! I am the only person with access to all their computer systems and data and they are all on holiday - if I was a malicious person... but I am not, so I have removed myself from all systems such that I cannot access, and have explained this in an email last night, explaining they should also change all their passwords. This is not a resignation, but an act of defense due to distrust, and also because they may try to bully me into working whilst off sick, which they have done on previous sick days and even holidays.  
  2. Just throwing this out there as a wild idea. I'm currently an American living and working in Germany (Aufenthaltserlaubnis attained via graduation from German uni) and due to various circumstances I'm entertaining the possibility moving back to the US and working there full time, but also continuing to remotely work part-time for my current German company as I do enjoy what I do there. I haven't floated this idea with them yet, but my work's pretty independent and doable remotely, and they've been happy with me. Stuff with taxation I can deal on my own, but I wanted to ask if this is really allowed under German law and the clauses in my work permit. I understand there are requirements for maximum time abroad, maintaining registered residence, etc. Any feedback and input appreciated!
  3. Today my boss told me I need to step down from my role at my company. He didn't quite fire me, but made it clear I could not stay in my role.    He said the reason was culture fit & that although I work really hard and get good results, he doesn't want me to keep going. Remember, the reason for it is culture fit despite already passing probezeit & getting good results/achieving targets, and working really hard.   He said technically I can stay, but I can't do my main role/title anymore, even tho the function will still exist and would be filled by someone else. He said because he doesn't think I would then want to stay, he would give me 3 months or so to find a new job (sounded like putting me on garden leave) before ending my contract.     Is this even legal?
  4. As the title suggests, I am currently here on a language school visa, which is expiring in mid-November. I started looking for jobs a few weeks ago but haven't found anything yet so I am exploring my options to stay in the country to continue looking for a job. I was planning on getting the "Job Seeker" visa next but I can't figure out if I am able to after I'm here on a different visa (it is unclear and inconsistent from the government and other websites). Does anyone know if it is possible?   If not, what are my options? I am an American Data Science professional with several years of experience and a Bachelor's degree in Business Informatics from a top-ranked university.   I really appreciate any help or guidance anyone can provide. Thank you!!
  5. Lohnsteuerbescheinigung

    Is it normal having a new employer ask for past Lohnsteuerbescheinigung documentation? Wouldn't that be enough to simply get the tax number of the person joining the company? Thank you