Leave

Information on annual leave, sick leave, maternity, paternity and parental leave, public holidays and other leave.

Germany :: Public holidays

When a public holiday falls on a day not normally worked, there is no statutory provision for another day’s leave to be taken in lieu …

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Germany :: Public holidays 2019

 January 1New Year’s Day (Tuesday)January 6Epiphany (Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Saxony-Anhalt) (Sunday)April 19Good FridayApril 22Easter MondayMay 1Labour Day (Wednesday)May 30Ascension Day (Thursday)June 10Whit MondayJune 20Corpus Christi (Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Hesse, North Rhine-W, Rhineland-P, Saarland and some areas in Thuringia and Saxony)(Thursday)August 15Assumption (Saarland and some areas of Bavaria) (Thursday)October 3German Unity Day (Thursday)October 31Reformation Day (Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-WP, Saxony, Saxony Anhalt and some areas in Thuringia) (Thursday)November 1All Saints Day (Baden-Wuerttemburg, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-P, Saarland) (Friday) November 20Repentance Day (Saxony) (Wednesday)December 25Christmas Day (Wednesday)December 262nd Day of Christmas (Thurday)Many collective agreements provide for the following Monday to be a compensatory holiday when a public holiday falls on a weekend …

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Germany :: Sick leave

Sick pay entitlements and procedures in Germany are regulated by both legal statute (Continued Payment of Wages Act and Civil Code) and sectoral or company collective agreements …

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Germany :: Public holidays 2020

 January 1New Year’s Day (Wednesday)January 6Epiphany (Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Saxony-Anhalt) (Monday)April 10Good FridayApril 12Easter Sunday (Brandenburg)April 13Easter MondayMay 1Labour Day (Friday)May 21Ascension Day (Thursday)May 31Whit Sunday (Brandenburg)June 1Whit MondayJune 11Corpus Christi (Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria, Hesse, North Rhine-W, Rhineland-P, Saarland) (Thursday)August 15Assumption (Saarland and some areas of Bavaria) (Saturday)October 3German Unity Day (Saturday)October 31Reformation Day (Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-WP, Saxony, Saxony Anhalt and some areas in Thuringia) (Saturday)November 1All Saints Day (Baden-Wuerttemburg, Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-P, Saarland) (Sunday) November 18Repentance Day (Saxony) (Wednesday)December 25Christmas Day (Friday)December 262nd Day of Christmas (Saturday)Note: These dates may be modified as official changes are announced, so please check back regularly for updates …

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Germany :: Other leave

Emergency leave: The right to continued payment during leave of absence for personal reasons is laid down in section 616 of the German Civil Code …

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Germany :: Maternity and parental leave

Maternity leave The Maternity Protection Act requires employers to provide a minimum of 14 weeks maternity leave (six weeks before and eight weeks after the birth, irrespective of the stage of the pregnancy at which the baby was born) …

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Germany :: Holiday entitlement carryover

It is up to employees to ensure that they take all their leave entitlement …

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Germany :: Annual leave

The annual vacation leave entitlement is 24 days for those on a six-day workweek and 20 days for those on a five-day workweek …

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