This notification is first of all addressed to the employees who are volunteers and voluntarily organized in private relief organizations, fire departments and the Technical Relief Organization (THW):
The state of Lower Saxony has classified the current high incidence of infection in the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for mass vaccination against the Corona virus as soon as possible as an extraordinary event of statewide significance - § 20 S. 1 No. 2, § 27 a Natural Disaster Protection Act (NKatSG).
The Ministry for Science and Culture (MWK)has announced that employees who are involved in private aid organizations, the fire departments and the German Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) may be deployed as helpers at short notice (§ 17 NKatSG).
The helpers are urgently needed for the construction and operation of the vaccination centers. The volunteers will be released from their duties at the TU Braunschweig and will not suffer any disadvantage in their employment.
If you are called upon to serve in a volunteer capacity by your emergency response unit and therefore need to be released from duty at TU Braunschweig, please notify your superior and the personnel department at abt12(at)tu-braunschweig.de. Emails will be read and responded to on a regular basis.
Volunteers are still being sought who see an opportunity to support local health departments. Initially, a pool of volunteers will be formed. In case of acute staffing needs, staff support will be provided by way of (partial) secondment. The TU Braunschweig remains the employer. Travel to the health office is working time and can be accounted for as business travel. Currently, volunteers of the TU Braunschweig support the health offices in Gifhorn and Braunschweig. If, after consultation with your manager, you see an opportunity to support the health offices in the region with at least 20 hours per week and for a period of at least 3 months, please contact the Human Resources Department at Mr. Tim Landherr, - 4154, tim.landherr(at)tu-braunschweig.de or Anne Fritz, - 4350, anne.fritz(at)tu-braunschwieg.de.
Management of close contacts at increased risk of infection
Contact persons of confirmed COVID-19 cases
Measurement of the infectious time interval for the confirmed case.
Individuals who have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the infectious time interval are referred to as a "contact person." The following describes how the infectious time interval is measured when a case is (a) symptomatic or (b) asymptomatic.
(a) Infectious time interval for symptomatic cases with known symptom onset.
Measurement of infectious time interval for symptomatic cases with known onset of symptoms
symptom onset = 2 days before onset of first symptoms to at least 14 days after symptom onset; for severe or
persistent symptoms, longer if necessary.
(b) Infectious time interval for asymptomatic cases.
- If no further information is available for the case regarding its source of infection or time of infection and it is not a special risk situation or setting, the date of specimen collection for positive laboratory detection is assumed to approximate the lack of symptom onset.
Sizing of infectious time interval for asymptomatic cases with unknown date of infection = 2 days before sample collection date to 14 days after sample collection date. If it is known or very likely at what time or event the asymptomatic case became infected, applies:
Sizing of infectious time interval for asymptomatic cases with known infection date = from day 3 after case exposure to day 19 after exposure"
Definition of close contacts
Contact persons to a confirmed COVID-19 case are defined as close contacts (at increased risk of infection) when at least one of the following situations is present:
1. close contact (<1.5 m, near field) longer than 10 minutes without adequate protection# (adequate protection = case and contact wear MNS [mouth-nose protection] or FFP2 mask consistently and correctly).
2. conversation with case (face-to-face contact, <1.5 m, regardless of duration of conversation) without adequate protection# (adequate protection = case and contact person wear MNS [mouth-nose protection] or FFP2 mask continuously and correctly).
Relevant for TU Braunschweig may be in particular:
3. simultaneous presence of contact person and case in the same room with probably high concentration of infectious aerosols regardless of distance for > 10 minutes, even if MNS (mouth-nose-protection) or FFP2 mask was worn continuously and correctly."
Instructions for ordering quarantine
Close contacts must immediately seclude themselves domestically for 14 days (quarantine) - calculated from the last day of contact with the confirmed COVID-19 case
Reporting chain - Who informs whom in the case of a person at the TU Braunschweig who has tested positive for the coronavirus (SARS-Cov-2)?
Affected employed person (= source case) remains in isolation and informed:
Management or supervisor of the institute or facility
The affected employee (= source case) informs - only to his manager - if possible
the names of all close contacts
whom he or she has met at the TU in the last 14 days, as well as
the respective last time of an encounter (date).
Thereby she informs if possible - with which persons a close contact existed.
The data are used solely to compile anonymous statistics for monitoring the spread of infections at the TU Braunschweig with the aim of taking targeted measures by the crisis team to protect everyone, as well as to settle possible claims for compensation under the Infection Protection Act in the event of an officially ordered quarantine. In all further measures, the term "person who tested positive for the SARS Cov-2 virus" is used only.
Whether hygiene measures are required on the basis of the specific individual case must be coordinated by the responsible manager with the Occupational Safety and Health Unit.
Management of close contacts on the part of the TU Braunschweig
The duration of a ban on entering close contact persons is derived from the principles Management of close contact persons with increased risk of infection of the RKI and here from the duration of quarantine, which is currently 14 days.
[updated on 14.04.2021]
 The identity of the person reporting is to be verified by a manager who is responsible for preparing an anonymized statistics as well as the settlement of any compensation claims of named individuals in human resources department as well as the company doctor in the further course of the reporting chain and further measures to be treated confidentially.
The state of Lower Saxony offers its employees a free Corona lay self-test once a week. The lay self-test is not intended to justify any relaxation, but to continue to combat the pandemic. Infections are to be detected at an early stage, even if they are asymptomatic.
At TU Braunschweig, lay self-testing is offered to all employees who work in the office for at least hours or days each week.
Lay self-tests are ordered centrally and delivery to facilities is made via in-house mail.
Frequently asked questions and the answers:
How often should we be tested?
Like all citizens, we are also asked to take advantage of the existing offers of free rapid testing in pharmacies, doctors' practices and test centers wherever possible (see here: Recommendation to take advantage of the rapid test offer in test centers, doctors' offices and pharmacies).
In addition to this external offer, the state of Lower Saxony provides its employees with a lay self-test once a week. Because the demand for rapid and lay self-testing is very high, the tests themselves are expensive, and delivery capacity is limited, only one test can be provided per week of attendance at the office. "Attendance week" in this context refers to a week in which at least hours or days are spent working in the office, i.e., not including vacations and continuous mobile work. The test should be administered - preferably at home - on a workday when you begin duty at the office following the test. A lay self-test is recommended on the first attendance day of the work week.
Lay self-testing makes sense especially if you do not experience any symptoms. This is because lay self-testing is intended to detect asymptomatic infections and infections in the early stages and to interrupt infection chains at an early stage.
How do I use the lay self-test? You can find the instructions for carrying out the lay self-test here.
Are the lay self-tests voluntary?
The performance of the lay self-tests provided by the state is voluntary and can be used in addition to the - also voluntary - external offers.
Neither the information as to whether testing has been carried out nor the result of the lay self-test is part of the employees' duty to provide information to their superiors.
However, if a rapid or lay self-test result is positive, the performance of a PCR test is immediately mandatory. Until a negative PCR result is presented, the employee may not enter the office.
The manager must be informed at the latest when the positive PCR result is available; the known Reporting chain then starts (see Reporting chain under the heading Health and safety at work).
What should I do if I have a positive test result? With a positive result on a SARS-CoV-2 antigen self-test, SARS-CoV-2 infection is suspected.
For individuals with a positive lay self-test result:
1. persons tested positive in the lay self-test must immediately go to home isolation and comply with the protective and hygienic measures recommended by the RKI for this purpose. Isolation may be interrupted to perform a PCR test. This may only be done using a medical oral/nasal covering and on the direct outward and return route.
2. A confirmatory PCR diagnostic test must be performed in accordance with Section 1(3) and Section 4b of the Federal Coronavirus Testing Regulations. This may be done at the primary care physician's office, at an appropriate testing center, or at a testing site. If the PCR test shows a negative result with regard to the presence of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, the competent health authority should be informed immediately of the test result so that quarantine can be terminated as soon as possible.
If the PCR test is also positive:
3. the competent public health department should be informed immediately. The following information is then required: - First and last name - date of birth - telephone contact details - Address (place of residence) and, if applicable, address of a different isolation site - e-mail address - Date and location of the test, or details of the self-test - Symptoms of illness, which indicate an illness with the corona virus SARS-CoV-2 in the sense of the respective current criteria of the Robert Koch Institute, incl. the day of the first occurrence. - First and last name of all persons living in the household.
4. persons tested positive must remain in domestic isolation and comply with the protective and hygienic measures recommended by the RKI.
5. immediately inform the persons with whom you had contact in the last two days before the self-test about the possible infection with the corona virus SARS-CoV-2.
At the latest, when do I report a positive test result to my manager? Corona lay self-tests occasionally lead to a false alarm (so-called false positive result). Depending on the frequency of infection in the population and the exact test characteristics, the rate of false alarms can be the same as the rate of true alarms, and sometimes even higher. Thus, a positive test result does not mean infection in every case. Only a PCR test can provide conclusive evidence of infection with the SARS-CoV2 virus.
In the event of a positive lay self-test result, please immediately go into domestic isolation, observe the protective and hygiene measures recommended by the RKI for this purpose and immediately contact your family doctor's practice or a testing center for clarification of the diagnosis. (See above: What do I do if the test result is positive?).
You may then not return to duty until a SARS-CoV2 infection has been ruled out by a PCR counter test.
If the PCR test confirms a SARS-CoV-2 infection, please inform your manager at TU Braunschweig now at the latest in accordance with the reporting chain (see Reporting chain under the heading Health and safety at work).
How are the lay self-tests procured and why is a weekly notification of need necessary?
The lay self-tests are procured centrally by the state of Lower Saxony for all state authorities, schools and universities, i.e. in very large quantities, and distributed to the facilities via the central administration. Due to the enormous demand and the limited delivery capacities, it is unfortunately only possible to procure the weekly requirement at present. Therefore, the TU Braunschweig can only determine and register its demand on a weekly basis.
For the first time, all staff-managing institutions will receive an initial delivery for all employees of the institution with the in-house mail (one test/person for the first week).
Thereafter, the following procedure will apply:
Each facility will be asked to order the additional tests required for the week after next by the end of the working day on Friday, stating its cost center. Orders can only be placed using an order form communicated internally to the lines. Please ensure that only one complete order per institute or facility is entered.
When determining requirements for the following week, employees who will not be in the office due to vacation, illness, or mobile work are to be excluded. They will then not receive a lay self-test for that week.
Employees should preferably receive the lay self-tests at the facility without contact and acknowledge the issue, e.g. in a list. Please keep the corresponding documents in the facilities.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Your contact persons are:
If you are in quarantine on the recommendation of a doctor in domestic isolation or even by official order of the public health department, please report this to the personnel department abt12-corona-meldung(at)tu-braunschweig.de, the company medical service baed(at)tu-braunschweig.de and your supervisor. Please observe the following reporting chain for employees (see next point).
Based on the decision of the Conference of Minister Presidents with the Chancellor of 17.03.2021, everyone now has the opportunity to be tested once a week for the Corona virus free of charge. Appointments for a rapid test can be booked online. Appointment attendance will be certified by testing centers, doctors' offices and pharmacies.
As part of the state of Lower Saxony's own planned testing strategy using so-called lay rapid tests at schools and universities, the TU Braunschweig has already registered its anticipated testing needs until the summer vacations. It is not clear at present whether, when and to what extent test kits can be provided by the state of Lower Saxony for the universities.
The aim of the nationwide introduction of lay rapid tests in Germany is to detect coronavirus infections as early as possible, even when there are no symptoms or no symptoms yet. In this way, protective measures can be initiated more quickly and chains of infection can be traced more effectively. By volunteering for testing, everyone can help reduce the spread of the pandemic. The Presidium and the crisis team therefore recommend that people make use of the offer of regular free rapid testing at test centers, doctors' offices and pharmacies. At the same time, we are working to ensure that we, as an employer, can also obtain and provide test kits for you.
Appointments at the test centers can be made at the TU Braunschweig during working hours, provided that the nearest test facility is visited and the time required for testing and travel is kept to a minimum. Upon presentation of the appointment confirmation, a working time credit of up to 30 minutes/test will be given for testing and travel times. The question of insurance coverage during this time is not within our decision-making authority. Upon request, the State Accident Insurance Fund stated that the journeys to and from the test facility were not covered by the State Accident Insurance Fund and could therefore not be claimed as commuting accidents.
If the test at the test center is positive, an additional PCR test must be performed, e.g. after contacting the family doctor or a suitable test center.
Mobile work and home office work must also be designed to be safe and healthy. Please read the enclosed notes from the German Social Accident Insurance carefully and observe them when working in a home environment.
The cold season has begun. Since the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has published new recommendations, the "Plan for dealing with mild cold symptoms" recently drawn up by the crisis team is outdated and can therefore no longer be viewed under this heading.
Due to the imminent exhaustion of the corona test capacities, the Robert Koch Institute now recommends that for symptoms of respiratory diseases such as
cold, cough or sore throat
to reduce personal contacts as much as possible. If such symptoms are present, please check whether you can work from home or whether you need to recover. If in doubt, please obtain the recommendation of your doctor.
In the event of illness, the general provisions on incapacity for work apply. If you have any signs of illness, please report to your office or to your responsible manager as usual that you are unfit for work. If you are sick for more than 3 days, you must submit a certificate of incapacity to work from your doctor.
In addition, a ban on entering the quarantine area for a period of seven days after return applies to those persons who have a medical certificate stating a negative result of a CoViD-19 test using the PCR method (currently possible at the earliest 5 days after entry or return), as they may still be in the incubation period for SARS-CoV-2.
Returnees from domestic areas with a particular history of infection (more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants cumulatively in the past 7 days) are not subject to these restrictions. Whether the upper limit of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants has been exceeded can be seen in the latest reports from the Robert Koch Institute.
Recommendations for the employment of risk patients (including chronically ill persons, persons with previous illnesses and weakened immune systems):
If the general hygiene and infection protection measures are observed - in particular, maintaining a minimum distance of one and a half meters from other persons, and if necessary, working at different times and wearing a mouth-nose cover if the distance is temporarily below the minimum distance, then according to the relevant publications of the occupational health community, work at the workplace is also possible for members of the risk groups (so-called low exposure risk). The TU Braunschweig aligns their risk assessment with the other universities in Lower Saxony. If such a workplace can be offered to employees, there is no need for risk groups to stay away from the workplace for reasons of protection against infection.
The only exception is if the staff unit for occupational safety and the occupational medical service have determined a medium risk of exposure. In cases of doubt or conflict, please consult the occupational medical service and the occupational safety unit in consultation with your superiors in order to determine how a return to the workplace can be made possible in individual cases.
A medical certificate stating that the person concerned belongs to a risk group is still required, but is no longer sufficient in itself to obtain a permit for mobile working without attendance times. If, after consultation with the occupational medical service and the occupational safety unit, risk patients continue to fear that there is a medium or even high risk of exposure at their place of work and that it may therefore not be possible to work in the unit, the employee must submit an occupational health report on the specific risk situation at the individual workplace. This occupational health report could possibly be subject to a charge, as it must be based on an analysis of the special circumstances of the presence work, without the description of which no restriction of use can be derived. Unfortunately, the costs of an external assessment cannot be borne by the department, as the services of the occupational medical service and the occupational safety unit are also available for an expert opinion.
Please note: A release from work duties can only be considered if the employee is found to be unfit for work. (see information sheet on incapacity for work, available in the information portal).
The same applies to employees who live together with relatives from a risk group or provide personal care for them. In this regard, too, we would ask superiors to consider the employment opportunities in accordance with the medical recommendations regarding the type and extent of the employee or the employee providing care.
 A medium risk of exposure may exist in workplaces where, even after appropriate hygiene measures have been taken, there is still frequent and/or close contact of less than 1.5 metres with other people possibly infected with SARS-CoV-2 but not diagnosed. This may be the case, for example, in schools or comparable working environments with a high density of people; a high or very high risk of exposure may exist in workplaces where people are exposed to Covid 19 patients, for example in a hospital ward with COVID 19 patients.
A quarantine order is issued by the local health authority. If you receive such an order, please forward a copy of it to Human resources (Department 12 abt12-corona-meldung(at)tu-braunschweig.de) and follow the instructions of the Health Office. Only if an official order of quarantine has been issued by the authorities can claims for continued remuneration be examined.
In view of the current infection situation and the as yet unclear routes of spread of virus mutations that have occurred, there is an obligation to wear a medical mask, i.e. a surgical mask or an FFP2 mask:
At the workplace: In offices, laboratories and other premises of the TU Braunschweig, there is an obligation to wear a medical mask as soon as more than one person is in the room. This applies in particular to rooms in which more than one person has their workplace (double offices/offices and laboratories with multiple occupancy). In order to equalize the situation at the workplace, the possibilities of time-shifted and mobile working should be used as far as possible and flexibly.
At meetings and gatherings: Team meetings are to continue to be avoided and replaced by telephone and video conferences. At meetings and gatherings at the TU Braunschweig - which currently may only be held for absolutely necessary and indispensable reasons - there is now a basic obligation to wear a medical mask.
Whether meetings are possible at all, with how many people and under what conditions depends now and in the foreseeable future on the respectiv operating stage in which the TU Braunschweig is currently located. For further information, please refer to the TU Braunschweig's operational stage plan.
The management of the respective organizational unit is responsible for ensuring that the requirements of the currently applicable operational stage, the framework hygiene plan (minimum distance of one and a half meters, floor space per person 10 m² and adherence to ventilation intervals of at least once per hour) are met for meetings with official matters.
The crisis management team recommends in this regard:
As long as the wearing of a medical mask is also compulsory at the workplace, it serves occupational health and safety if affected persons who have to wear a medical mask at the workplace for several hours go out alone into the fresh air (open window, terraces, in front of the door) at regular intervals (approx. every 1.5 hours) in order to remove the mask there at a sufficient distance from other persons and breathe in fresh air for a few minutes. If the interruption is about 5 minutes, it is not necessary to clock out for this. This only applies as long as the medical mask to be worn cannot be removed at the workplace by order of the university management.
Due to the current pandemic situation, the employees of the TU Braunschweig are requested to work mobile if possible. This raises the question of the necessary infrastructural equipment for mobile working. Here a differentiation has to be made:
Teleworkplaces are computer workstations permanently set up by the employer in the private area of the employees, for which the employer has specified a weekly working time agreed with the employees and the duration of the set-up.
A telework station is only set up by the employer when the employer and the employee have defined the conditions of telework in the employment contract or as part of an agreement and the required equipment of the telework station with furniture, work equipment including communication equipment has been provided and installed by the employer or a person commissioned by the employer in the private area of the employee.
Home office is understood to mean - in distinction to telework - occasional work at a workplace other than the employer's building (= mobile work). In contrast to teleworking, the legislator defines less stringent expectations for the ergonomic design of the workplace in the case of occasional home office.
There is currently no obligation on the part of the employer to equip home office workplaces in the same way as telecommuting workplaces.
What you do in your free time is your private matter. However, when planning your travel, please note that your entitlement to continued payment of your remuneration for the period of possible domestic isolation after you return home may be waived if you travel to a particularly affected country or area for several days contrary to an existing travel warning issued by the German Foreign Office or a warning issued by the Robert Koch Institute. Please also note that as an employee you bear the so-called "travel risk" for a late return from your vacation. If, for example, you are stuck abroad because return flights to Germany have been cancelled or borders closed, your entitlement to continued payment of your salary may not apply for the period of your delayed return.
Health and infection protection have top priority. Therefore, please continue to reduce business trips to the absolute minimum and replace them with digital formats such as web or telephone conferences wherever possible.
Urgent and mandatory domestic business trips (not to a risk area) which cannot be replaced by digital communication formats and which fall under the following definition of standard business trips can still be approved by your responsible manager/supervisor.
Standard Business Trips:
In the case of urgent and absolutely necessary domestic business trips (not to a risk area), which exclusively lead to another state institution or authority (e.g. to another university, college, non-university research institution, ministry or comparable public institution), it can be assumed that comparable work safety and hygiene regulations as those at TU Braunschweig apply and are observed there. The same applies to business trips that lead exclusively to cooperation partners in the business world who can present an occupational safety concept for their group or company and who are responsible for its compliance. Provided that safe arrival and departure and a safe stay on site are guaranteed, the responsible supervisors can now approve such business trips again under their own responsibility. Please justify the necessity of your business trip to your supervisor in writing and enclose with your business trip application the checklist for checking compliance with hygiene guidelines during business trips from the Infoportal. Please make sure that the business trip application is signed by the applicant and the responsible manager and the checklist is signed by the applicant.
In addition, there are still so-called exceptional business trips which must be submitted to the Occupational Safety Section for examination of the hygiene concepts and for approval and confirmation of the exceptional business trips. If concerns regarding the safety of the business travelers cannot be dispelled even after consultation with the responsible unit and the University Medical Service, such doubtful cases must continue to be submitted to the crisis management team for consultation.
Exceptional Business Trips are:
Urgent and absolutely necessary business trips abroad that do not lead to foreign risk areas
Urgent and absolutely necessary business trips to domestic destinations where uncontrolled corona infection is known to occur (risk areas/"hot spots" = more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants cumulatively in the last 7 days)
Urgent and absolutely necessary business trips of several persons, for which the legal minimum distance cannot be kept on the occasion of the arrival and departure or on the occasion of the stay or activity on site
Urgent and absolutely necessary business trips to congresses that are not held at a college or university
Urgent and absolutely necessary business trips to project meetings and meetings with more than 5 participants with the exception of project meetings and meetings that take place at a college/university or with a project partner who can present a hygiene concept and vouches for its compliance
In order to obtain a special permit, the special reasons for which the business trip to the foreign risk area is urgent and absolutely necessary must be explained.
Since 26 October 2020 there is a ban on business trips to foreign risk areas. Business trips to foreign risk areas should no longer be approved, and business trips to foreign risk areas that have already been approved and are planned should no longer be undertaken. In particularly justified cases of hardship, the Presidium may grant a separate exemption. An appropriate application for exemption must be submitted to the crisis management team via the Occupational Safety Section for recommendation to the Presidium. The journey may only be started if the Presidium has granted an exceptional permission after 21 October 2020. For an exceptional permission, the special reasons for which the business trip to the foreign risk area is urgent and absolutely necessary must be explained.
What you do in your free time is your private matter. However, when planning your trip, please note that your entitlement to continued payment of your remuneration for the period of possible domestic isolation after you return home may be waived if you travel to a particularly affected country or area for several days in contravention of an existing travel warning issued by the Federal Foreign Office https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/ReiseUndSicherheit/covid-19/2296762 or a warning issued by the Robert Koch Institute https://www.rki.de/DE/Content/InfAZ/N/Neuartiges_Coronavirus/nCoV.html. Please also note that as an employee you bear the so-called "travel risk" for a late return from your holiday.
For example, if you are stuck abroad because return flights to Germany have been cancelled or borders have been closed, your entitlement to continued payment of your wages may be cancelled for the period of your delayed return.
Because we take care of each other: Obligation to wear a medical mask
Persons entering buildings of the TU Braunschweig are obliged to wear a medical mask, i.e. a surgical mask or an FFP2 mask.
In all traffic and meeting areas: The requirement to wear a medical mask applies in all circulation and meeting areas, doorways and entryways, passageways, hallways, stairwells, elevators, restrooms and common areas, as well as kitchenettes and facilities with heavy public traffic, such as the University Library. The medical mask cannot be taken off.
At the workplace: See the item Meetings (Obligation to wear a mask) under "Working in times of the Corona crisis".
At meetings and gatherings: See the item Meetings (Obligation to wear a mask) under "Working in times of the Corona crisis".
In order to keep the risk of infection for all employees, students and guests of the TU Braunschweig as low as possible, the buildings of our university are still closed to the public. We ask for the understanding of all those interested in higher education and science and of all guests. If you have a justified interest, please arrange an appointment with the respective institutes and facilities.
Expressly excluded are persons who require access in the course of their official duties. Also excluded are tradesmen and suppliers. The institutes and facilities are still required to accept deliveries. The facilities are requested to make the restriction of access rights known by posting the printed documents provided to them in clearly visible places in the entrance areas of the buildings (German and English).
In justified individual cases, students and prospective students may be granted access, e.g. for compulsory internships, but only after prior appointment with the responsible office.
The federal government wants to support parents with the special challenges of the Corona pandemic and has therefore decided that the entitlement to children's sick pay will be extended from 05.01.2021: For this year, the number of days on which legally insured persons are entitled to children's sick pay will be doubled. It also exists not only when one's own child is sick, but also when childcare becomes necessary for another reason at home. For example, because the school, daycare center, or even the facility for people with disabilities is closed due to a pandemic, or because individual classes or daycare groups are in quarantine.
Eligible are legally insured, working parents who are themselves entitled to sick pay and whose child is under 12 years of age. In the case of children who have a disability, also beyond the age of 12. If a child must be cared for at home due to a school or daycare closure, if no other person in the household can provide care, and if child sickness benefits are to be claimed, an original certificate from the respective care facility must be submitted to the health insurance fund. Department 12 requires the application "Application for Work Leave for Employees (TV-L)" and a copy of the certificate.
For more information, please refer to the circular from the Human Resources Department.
In view of the current daycare and school closures, parents at TU Braunschweig can take advantage of the following special vacation model for the duration of the Corona-related school and daycare closures. Up to 10 full vacation days can be converted into two each, for a total of up to 20 half days of care. This is intended to enable the parents concerned, in the form of a part-time model without loss of earnings, to attend to both their official duties and the care of their children, if necessary alternating with the other parent.
The following general conditions apply to this special leave arrangement:
Conversion will only occur at the express request of the requesting parent.
The number of days of leave that can be converted is limited to the additional leave under the collective agreement. Thus, a maximum of 10 days can be converted into 20 days of care. Only whole days of leave can be converted, i.e. an even number of half days of care can be requested. The statutory minimum leave of four weeks continues to be for recreational purposes only and cannot be granted in pro-rated days.
The provision is limited to the period of corona-related daycare and school closures.
Conversion of vacation days to days of care requires the application contained in the attachment. This request should be submitted to the Human Resources Department (to: Ms. Kerstin Ekelhof), gladly by mail (k.ekelhof(at)tu-braunschweig.de). A speedy approval will be given by this department. After approval, the special leave must be entered in the facilities on the leave sheet for 2021.
In the application, detailed reasons must be given as to why the use of shared recreation days is urgently necessary due to the pandemic as a result of the special personal situation. At the same time, the employee's own wish to forego entire days of rest to the extent requested must be explained.
On the initiative of the TU Braunschweig, supported by the Staff Council and the Equal Opportunity Office, the MWK has permitted such a corona-specific exemption only for the duration of the corona-related daycare and school closures. After that, the following applies again: vacation is for recreation and may only be granted in whole vacation days.
For all employees and members of the TU Braunschweig, a hotline has been set up: (0531-391) 888812
The telephone helpline is:
Monday to Thursday from 9 to 15 o'clock and
Friday from 9 to 12 o'clock occupied.
Your questions and problems, if they cannot be answered directly, will be recorded and forwarded to the responsible office of the crisis management. You will receive a call back or information by email as soon as possible.
Overview of the areas from department 12 that are processed for you: