Online event series of the network of family service offices at universities in Lower Saxony and Bremen
In the winter semester 2023/24, the family service offices of Lower Saxony and Bremen universities will offer an online event series entitled "Pflege im Fokus" (Care in Focus) as part of a cooperation.
Five different online events on changing topics are aimed at employees, lecturers and students at the colleges and universities in Lower Saxony and Bremen. Register if you care for or support relatives or organise care for them, even at a distance, or even if you are simply interested in the topic or expect care responsibilities in the future. Participation is free of charge.
Caring relatives are faced with the special challenge of reconciling care and work or study. This is often associated with a high psychological and physical burden for the carers. With the following information, we would like to give you an introduction to the topic and - without claiming to be complete - inform you about the possibilities of taking time off and support offers in and outside of the TU Braunschweig.
With the emergency folder, you can be well prepared for the eventuality of an illness or nursing case and have all the necessary and helpful documents at hand.
Note: This page does not claim to be complete. Furthermore, legal regulations and service agreements can change; legally binding information can therefore only be provided by the responsible authorities or departments of the TU Braunschweig.
Salaried employees of the TU Braunschweig who care for a relative who is demonstrably in need of care and support
... may be absent from work for up to 10 working days in acute cases. The employer must be informed immediately - preferably in writing - of the expected duration of the absence. At the employer's request, a medical certificate confirming the close relative's need for care must be submitted. During this temporary leave, the employee is entitled to a wage replacement benefit of 90% of the net wage lost. This care support allowance can be applied for from the care insurance of the close relative in need of care (§ 2 PflegeZG as well as § 44a paragraph 3 of the Eleventh Book of the Social Code). During this time there is special protection against dismissal § 5 PflegeZG).
... are entitled to caregiver leave and may take up to six months' leave in whole or in part, waiving continued payment of remuneration. If the person in need of care is not a minor relative, the care must be provided in a domestic environment. The expected time off for care must be announced in writing at least ten working days in advance, stating the period and extent of the time off. The need for care of the close relative must be proven by a certificate (§3 PflegeZG). During this time, there is special protection against dismissal (§ 5 PflegeZG) and entitlement to an interest-free loan (§ 3 FPfZG).
... can reduce their working hours to at least 15 hours per week for up to 24 months in order to care for people close to them in their home environment (family care leave). In the case of minors in need of care, care outside the home is also permitted (§ 2 FPfZG).
... are entitled to three months' leave of absence in whole or in part, even if the care of the relative in need of care takes place outside the home (e.g. in a hospice), provided that the person in need of care is demonstrably in his or her final phase of life (§ 3 PflegeZG).
... may reduce their working hours on request and work part-time, provided that urgent official matters do not prevent this (§11 para. 1 sentence 1 b) TV-L, as well as §3 PflegeZG).
... have the option of applying for alternating teleworking if their work is suitable (service agreement no. 31 in accordance with §§78 and 81 NPersVG).
Civil servants of the TU Braunschweig who take over the care of a relative who is demonstrably in need of care
... may apply for special leave of absence of 1 working day per calendar year, in special individual cases up to a total of 10 working days, with continued payment of remuneration; without remuneration for up to a total of 6 years (§9a Paragraph 1 No. 1 and Paragraph 2, Sentence 2 Nds. SUrlVO, as well as §§62 Paragraph 1 No. 2 and 64 NBG).
... have the option of applying for part-time employment with at least a quarter of the working time, if there are no compelling official interests to the contrary (NBG §62 Para. 1 No. 1).
The Pflegestützpunkt (Care support point) is a central contact point where people in need of care and their relatives can get advice on all questions concerning care. The care support point builds on the experience and structures of the Seniorenbüro (Department of Social Affairs and Health - Senior Citizens' Office -). Among other things, both institutions offer information on the services provided by the nursing and health insurance funds, local nursing services and homes, voluntary services, day care and short-term care, assisted living and senior flats, as well as on financing options.
Kleine Burg 14, 38100 Braunschweig
Tel.: 0531 470-3342
Fachbereich Soziales und Gesundheit - Seniorenbüro -
Kleine Burg 14, 38100 Braunschweig
Tel.: 0531 470-3385
In addition, there are other care services in the city districts that offer help with applications and the enforcement of legal claims, for example. Experienced professionals from the Lower Saxony Care Emergency Hotline are also available to provide advice and support under the state-wide service number 0180 2000 872.