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  1. Hello everyone,   I have a question regarding quitting my job here in Germany while I am still in the 6 month “Probezeit” (work trial) period. My contract with my employer began on Jan 5, 2020. Due to various reasons I will need to leave Germany and therefore I will need to leave my job on April 30, 2020.   I understand that as I am in my “Probezeit” period I will only need to give a 2-week written notification to my employer (so in my case April 16th, 2020). Is this assumption correct? If so, I have several concerns,   1) I plan on using all my remaining vacation days on my last two weeks of employment (April 16 – April 30). So after I give my 2-week notice I will no longer be physically working but instead be using up my vacation days until the agreed termination date (April 30th). Will this work under my situation, or can the employer simply deny this and make me work the last two weeks?   2) Can my employer already decide to “fire me/let me go” on the spot and thus I don’t work/get paid the last two weeks of April?   Sorry if this question seems silly or complicated, but I simply don’t know how to handle this situation.   Any tips or recommendations will be greatly appreciated 😊
  2. Got a small injury during holidays in Portugal. I can´t walk for a few days, reason enough to have A.U. in Germany. I went to the hospital and I have a medical report with all the details, including X-rays. My understanding is that I can claim back this (lost) holidays as I was sick. What is the procedure in this case? Should I come back to Germany and show the hospital´s documents to my Hausarzt, and he can give me a A.U. for the injured days? Do I need to notify the company immediately? Thanks in advance!
  3. Good morning,    My current company are searching for 2 new staff, we have a workshop in Höhenbrunn (wächterhof s Bahn).    The first position is a machine helper, this will involve changing the parts on various machines and making corrections. Also removing sharp edges from workpieces and other general labor jobs. It requires no experience but it would be helpful to have an eye for detail and an interest in machines.    The second position is for a CNC turner, we require a skilled work with a background in turning, ideally minimum 2 year experience working with lathes, however for the right candidate in both Postions a trial day will be provided so that you can demonstrate your skills.    German and or English speakers only please     Both jobs require shift work, no compulsory weekend work, good rate of pay and a comfortable working environment.    Please contact me by private message or email at    I look forward to hearing from you 
  4. So today i have caused minor damage to a colleagues car while working a fork lift. Usually there would be no problem and insurance would cover the damage but i was asked to drive a forklift even tho i have no license for one. I have of course informed my company on this fact and they said it was no problem and since we are short handed someone needs to fill in. I was hesitant but i agreed (i understand that i should have said no). But my problem now is they are talking about me covering the damage for the accident that happened on the company grounds, with the company equipment, after i was asked to do the job and they being informed several times i had no license.  Who is responsible for covering the damage and do i have any legal recourse to refuse to pay?
  5. Hi everyone,   I am writing this on behalf of a friend who has asked for some advice.   The situation: she is originally from another EU country (not Germany) and has been living and working here for 1.5 years in a sales-focused position with a company. She is a member of the health insurance TKK. Her plan is to leave Germany entirely the end of December. She will leave her job on December 15th, and then has just over a week to try and get everything sorted with the deregistering (Abmeldung) and also cancelling the TKK health insurance.    First question: for the Abmeldung at the KVR is it enough to just have the one-way ticket to your home-country and ID/passport or are other documents required?    Second question: will the document received from the KVR stating the successful Abmeldung be enough proof to cancel the TKK health insurance? I have read some threads already regarding this topic and they mentioned in some that you will need proof of your new address in your next country or else proof of health insurance in the new country. However, in my friend's country (Spain), the healthcare is universal and there is no document that one receives as far as she is concerned. It makes sense to me that the Abmeldung document is enough as it officially then declares that you are not planning to continue living in Germany, but I would be interested in hearing your thoughts.   Final question: as mentioned at the beginning, my friend is in a sales position in which commission and bonuses play a large role. In her role, she gets commission when her clients begin new projects. She has clients that will begin new projects in January, February and March. She is paid directly from the company (German) into her Spanish bank account. What will happen in this case with regards to the health insurance and other taxes that are normally deducted each month (e.g. pension scheme, etc.)? Her plan is to go ahead and deregister from the KVR and her health insurance in December and not keep both her health insurance and stay registered in Germany as she will no longer be living in Germany afterwards... If you have any tips here, it would be very helpful.    Many thanks.