Do I get my wages when I am sick?

In Germany, employees are generally entitled to continued payment of wages in the event of illness in accordance with the Continued Payment of Wages Act (EFZG). Here is some important information on this:

  1. Continued payment of wages: if you are unable to work due to illness as a cleaner in Germany, you are generally entitled to continued payment of wages. Your employer must continue to pay your wages for a certain period of time as if you were fit for work. The period of continued payment of wages is generally six weeks.
  2. Notification of illness: In order to be entitled to continued payment of wages, you must inform your employer immediately of your illness. As a rule, a doctor's certificate of incapacity for work (yellow slip) is required, which you can obtain from your doctor. The certificate must be submitted to your employer in good time, usually within three days.
  3. Continued payment of wages in the event of illness: During the period of illness, your employer will continue to pay you the agreed salary. The exact amount and other details may be specified in your employment contract or applicable collective bargaining agreement.
  4. Sick pay: If the continued payment of wages by the employer expires, sick pay can be obtained from the statutory health insurance under certain conditions. The requirements and procedure for receiving sick pay are set out in the German Social Code (SGB V).

It is important to check the exact regulations in your employment contract, collective agreement or company agreements, as these may specify the specific conditions for continued payment of wages in the event of illness. If you have any further questions, we recommend that you contact the relevant health insurance fund directly.