In order to terminate the employment relationship with your domestic help in Germany, you should follow certain legal and contractual requirements. Here are some steps it is best to follow:
- Written notice of termination: A termination must always be in writing in order to have proof of the termination date and the content of the termination. Use a letter of resignation that clearly states that you wish to terminate the employment relationship. Include the date you want the termination to be effective.
- Hand delivery or registered mail: The notice of termination may be delivered in person or sent by certified mail, return receipt requested. If you hand deliver the notice, obtain written confirmation of receipt.
- Observe notice period: In Germany, the notice period for Minijober is 4 weeks. As long as the domestic help is still in the probationary period 2 weeks. More information about notice periods can be found here.