20:00 Tuesday, 21 April 2020

German labor law is confusing as is, but management’s chaotic handling of the pandemic only exacerbates the confusion, particularly for newly arrived Berliners. The number of questions only keeps growing.

Lawyers Gilsbach and Weidmann

  • Is there a right to work from home if I don’t feel safe at work anymore?
  • Can the employer make me work from home against my will?
  • How are sick leave and holiday leave handled now?
  • What does “Kurzarbeit” mean? How does it work? Can the employer just send me home and stop paying me? -
  • Do I have to apply for Kurzarbeitergeld myself or does the employer have to do this for me?
  • How does my social security (especially my foreign/German health care) work now?
  • Is this a good time to elect a works council at work? Is it even possible now?

All of these questions and more are addressed by lawyers Anna Gilsbach (social security) and Daniel Weidmann (employment).

The presentation will take an hour, with an additional hour for questions and answers.


Critical Workers (CW) is a political group formed by migrant and non-migrant workers to support, foster and connect workers’ political and economic struggles inside and outside the workplace.

Berlin Tech Workers Coalition is part of a global movement to organise rank and file workers in the tech industry through education, labour organising and activism. Berlin TWC co-founded Berlin VS Amazon.

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