Sickness-related absence

The latest information about sickness-related absence, employee sickness, notification of sickness, continued remuneration, sick pay, work and remuneration confirmation, etc.

Information for job market newcomers

Employees are obligated to notify their employer immediately (without undue delay) of their inability to work in the event of sickness.

If, after starting a job, the employee is prevented from performing their duties due to illness or an accident, provided this is not the result of their intentional actions or gross negligence, they are entitled to six weeks' continued remuneration.

This entitlement increases depending on the length of the employee's service up to a maximum of twelve weeks. For a further four weeks, the employee is entitled to half remuneration.


Employers can access sickness-related absence data for their employees online.

More detailed information on the "ELGA – eclectronic health card ("German text is available at

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Translated by the European Commission
Last update: 24 February 2023

Responsible for the content: Federal Ministry of Labour and Economy

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