So far, the law has stipulated which measures companies must implement to protect their employees. Since March 20, 2022, companies should decide and implement their own protective measures. That means that your employer independently determines which regulations are necessary for safeguarding employees' health and wellbeing.
For example, employers should decide whether there is a safe distance between people in the workplace (also in break rooms) or whether wearing masks must be obligatory.
The employer can provide their employees with free medical masks, but they do not have to do so. Your employer can also decide whether they want to provide you with cost-free COVID rapid tests. If they do not, keep in mind that you can benefit from the so-called “Bürger-Tests” in COVID test centres- these tests are still available free of charge. You can find out more about COVID tests in our "Coronavirus" chapter.
Employers are still obliged to inform employees about the coronavirus infection and vaccination options. They must also enable you to attend the vaccination appointment during working hours. Talk to your superior and inquire about feasible health-related measures. Sometimes, measures such as remote work are regulated in company or works agreements. If your employer ignores employees' safety and well-being, speak to the works council in your company or inform your local Health Office (“Gesundheitsamt”). You can find your local Health Office via Behördenwegweiser.