Coronavirus: Work

What do I need to know?

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Due to the situation caused by the coronavirus, life in Germany is changing drastically. Current developments and safety precautions also affect our jobs as many companies close temporarily or switch to short-time work ("Kurzarbeit"). Here, you learn about your rights and options in times of the coronavirus.

You can learn about state aids for employees, students, the self-employed and families in our chapter “Coronavirus: State Aids”.

What do I need to know?

How can I protect myself at work?

What rules currently apply to workplaces?

Is my employer allowed to ask about my vaccination status?

Is there a vaccination mandate for employees/workers?

I got infected with Corona at work. What should I do?

Do I have to work overtime during the Coronavirus pandemic?

Can I stay home to look after my child/children?

What happens if my employer sends me home, because I am ill?

Will I receive wages if I don't make it to my workplace (e.g., when public transport stops working)?

Will I still receive wages if I am quarantined?

Will I receive wages if I contract the coronavirus and cannot work?

Will I receive wages if my company is closed due to the pandemic?

What happens if I lose my job while living here on a work visa?

Where can I find help and support?

What do I need to know about short-time work (“Kurzarbeit”)?

What does it mean for me, when my employer switches to short-time work (Kurzarbeit)?

What can I do if my short-time allowance is insufficient?

Can I take a part-time job during short-time work?

Can subcontracted workers ("Leiarbeiter") also receive short-time work benefits?

Does short-time work also apply to those who are doing "Ausbildung"?


If you suspect that you are infected, also contact the Germany-wide patients' helpline by dialling 116117. They will guide you through the next steps. Do not visit your doctor’s office without first calling them and arranging an appointment.