Sick Leave

What do I have to consider?

When you are sick and unable to work, you are entitled to rest at home. However, your employer has the right to demand proof; i.e. confirmation of illness/unfitness for work- which you can obtain from a doctor. Colloquially, such a document is known as "Krankschreibung" (sick note), but the official term for it is "Arbeitsunfähigkeitsbescheinigung " (certificate of unfitness for work) or -for short- AU.

What do I need to know?

I am sick and cannot work. When do I have to inform my employer?

When do I need to obtain/present a sick note?

What does a sick note look like?

What happens if my employer doesn't trust a sick note?

Will I get paid while on sick leave?

Do I have to stay at home while on sick leave?

Can I stay at home when my child is sick?

Can I obtain a sick leave on the phone or online?


You must always inform your employer if you cannot get to work.