Since the daycare centres and schools are closed, children stay home the whole day. So working parents have to find someone to take care of their children during worktime. If you do not have anyone who can look after the children when you work, you need to talk to your employer so that together you can find a solution. One solution, for instance, can be that you work from home. If that does work, in principle, you are entitled to a paid leave for some days. Some work contracts or collective agreements include additional regulations in this regard. If that is the case, these regulations apply.
The current closure of schools and daycare centres will take longer- such a solution, however, can only function as a temporary one. Afterwards, you need to find a long-term solution along with your employer, for instance, a paid/unpaid leave or using up your overtime hours.
At the end of March, a new law was passed: Parents who are unable to work due to childcare and therefore receive little or no wages will be compensated. The compensation amounts to 67% of your net wages (maximum 2,016 euro) and is paid for a maximum of six weeks. You can only receive the mentioned compensation if you meet the following requirements:
- Your child is under the age of 12 or needs care because of a disability.
- There is no one else available in your household to look after your child.
- You have already balanced your overtime and do not have any paid vacation left.
The employer applies for compensation on behalf of the employees. The self-employed must contact the Health Office responsible. You can find the proper Health Office at Behördenwegweiser.
Please note: There are emergency childcare services for children whose parents work in certain professions (e.g. police, fire brigade, hospital staff, energy supply, etc.). If you have a job like this, ask your child's school/ daycare centre or the responsible Schooling authorities ("Schulamt") about the regulations which apply to you, since there are no uniform regulations in this regard throughout Germany.