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Notice period in Germany when getting fired with cause?

I work in Germany and I have a 3 months notice period (for me when leaving and for the company when "letting me go"). Since January (4+ months now) the company has a "2 day per week at ...
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How common is voluntary (unauthorised) overtime during public holidays in the IT sector of Germany?

This is not a legal question. I am aware of the legislation regarding overtime in Germany; and there are plenty of posts here (e.g. WorkplaceSE/46653, WorkplaceSE/45108, etc.) that discuss the legal ...
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What to do with a colleague who is constantly criticising my habits and traits

I work at a pharmaceutical company for animals and all our interactions with colleagues are on site. There is this particular colleague who carefully observes my pattern and constantly gives me ...
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How to make senior manager aware of their own inappropriate behaviour if they have no sense of their external effect?

A senior manager in my company, who I don't report to but occasionally work with, sometimes makes inappropriate comments in small talk without realising it himself. We have an almost buddy-like ...
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Applying for jobs when my partner is expecting a child

I'm currently looking for a new job and my partner is pregnant. By considering my notice period (3 months), if I by any chance get hired in March I then should start the new job in July, which is ...
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How do I take advantage of a much better offer in monetary terms if I don't actually want to change companies?

I recently received a very interesting monetary proposal from a recruiter. The whole process is still very much in its infancy, so nothing is certain and there is no concrete offer yet. However, I ...
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Can my employer here in germany withhold money from my salary based on a mistake [closed]

I work minijob in germany as a receptionist in a hotel and my employer found a mistake that was made when another employee was working. She called me and said I need to be held equally responsible for ...
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Should I insist on not revealing your salary requirements?

I've heard the following advice blog posts (e.g. https://www.kalzumeus.com/2012/01/23/salary-negotiation/) about job interviews (my paraphrase): As a job applicant, you should not reveal any kind of ...
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Engineering manager certifications [closed]

Would a certification help to find a job as engineering manager (or 20 years experience in the IT field as developer and leader are enough)? If so, which one?
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Manager verbally lied about year end bonus targets. Do I have any recourse? [closed]

First off: I know I was too naive and should not have believed anything I didn't get in writing. During my salary negotiation when joining my current employer I received a verbal offer of "x€ per ...
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Is it normal/legal in Germany for employer to withhold salary until work equipment is returned?

My contract ended 30th November and I didn't receive my November Salary. My boss says that my salary will only be released after my work laptop and phone are released. The combined cost is about 450 ...
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Should employees get promotion as soon as they show some higher qualities? [closed]

I work as a test automation engineer at a software company in Germany. Recently, I asked for a promotion after 3.5 years, but my request was turned down because my manager thinks I haven't been "...
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Is an employee responsible for damage to their employer's laptop due to wear and tear? [closed]

The key cap of my employer's laptop popped off. If I report it to my employer, am I responsible for the cost of fixing the damage? I know that large companies have It departments for dealing with ...
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How do I tell my employer that I do not want to go on long-distance business trips?

Research My searches here on Workplace didn't answer my question because the focus was, for example, on family reasons or if there was any doubt about the necessity of the business trip. The most ...
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How to handle a request of quantitative benefit analysis from top management where only a qualitative statement can be made?

Some months ago, I took over the project management (together with a collegue from engineering, my responsibility is the scope of operations) for a project from a colleague who had left. The project ...
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How to deal with an unproductive colleague ( supposedly due to medication)?

I work in a medium-sized company in Germany, which is part of a fairly large corporation. In my department there are two teams in one office space. We all get along very well, but recently the mood is ...
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Am I required to record doctor's appointments as absences?

I informed my boss that I have a doctor's appointment at 11 am and 5 pm on different days. He responded with the following message telling me to record my doctor's appointments as absences on my ...
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Can I continue to use American express card during notice period?

I have an American express credit card Mastercard from my employer which I haven't used. I want to know if I can use it without any consequences before my notice period is over? I'm thinking of using ...
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Bosses are simultaneously demanding I document my work, and also trying to prevent me from doing any work

My bosses are simultaneously demanding I document my work while preventing me from doing any work. I assume they are trying to somehow get around my 3 month notice period. They demand I enter details ...
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Can an employer exclude you from all meetings during the notice period? [closed]

After I refused to resign, I got put on my notice period which is 3 months. I have been excluded from all online and onsite meetings in the company, but I'm expected to report to my boss via chat, ...
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Is it common to demote a new employee due to low salary?

Recently, I was interviewed for a senior position in a well-known company. The interview process was smooth and pleasant but challenging from the technical perspective. In the end, I received an offer ...
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Company wanted me to fill a personality test, I consequently lied, what now?

So they wanted it from me as part of my initiation. I dislike if they try to dig in my brain. So instead the true answers, I used my job interview experience to estimate, which answers would they like ...
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How to prevent being unfairly fired and what to do about it

This is a followup from this question: My manager warned me about absences on short notice I was adviced to open a new question. I made a mistake in not telling my boss about an outpatient appointment ...
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My manager warned me about absences on short notice

In the morning about two hours before a meeting I messaged by manager to tell them I was going to a doctors appointment and I would miss the morning meeting, and asked to reschedule it (it's a small ...
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Employer asks to be ready for potential weekend work

Question: Can I ask for compensation for reserving my weekend for potential weekend work? This seems to be a gray zone, since this is not a on-call duty given that I know the day before I have to work ...
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Making my company more appealing to a more diverse group of people (LGBTQIA+, BIPoC)

My company's workforce is mainly white, heterosexual and cis-male. Partly this is due to a lack of available hires in my industry (software/robotics). Still, I would wish we could also attract other ...
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Can I challenge a hiring decision?

I apologise if this was asked before. I couldn't find a suitable question in spite of searching all possible keywords. I got rejected for an entry-level quantitative analyst position at one of the ...
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Applying for jobs, an offer is coming... and I do not know, it is the last or the best [duplicate]

Problem is the following. I applied recently for a lot of jobs (approx. 30), call them Company_1 to Company_30. After many rejections, now an offer came from company Company_17. It is not very good (...
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What does "salaried" vs. "hourly" mean in a European (?) context?

I am confused about the meaning of "salaried" vs. "hourly" payment, when it comes to matching it up with work life as I know it. I think I know the abstract definition; to ...
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Why the HR not answering or replying to my emails, after I passed all interview stages?

Recently was approached in Germany by well-known electric cars manufacturer in Berlin, it is their first factory in Europe and they need construction professionals for the new construction expansion. ...
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My successor and her future primary contact do not get along

For several years, I have been working as the technical lead of a team of 7 engineers responsible for one part of a large project in a company based in Germany. As a team lead, my tasks included ...
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Is it polite to keep a contract offer "on hold" while I wait for other offers to potentially materialize?

I am in the process of changing jobs. I have sent my CV around quite a bit in the last months and I finally landed some interviews. Most of them have been for the same company, but different ...
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When to quit in Germany based on vacation days?

Just based on Vacations and notice periods, when is the optimal date to quit in Germany? For instance, I have a notice period of three months starting from the end of the month that I have ...
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Company has no work for me, responsible bosses disappeared, how to defend myself? [closed]

This is a continued story of my previous question. The essence: Company is very old in the German IT market, it survived probably everything imaginable and not imaginable here. It has practically no ...
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Why is getting fired or laid off such a big deal for employees in the West?

I come from a developing country, and there's one thing I can't understand about Westerners: why is getting fired or laid off such a big deal for many of them? My impression is that many Westerners ...
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How to ask new boss for contract with new start date?

After signing the contract, my start date was delayed by a month to 1st February but I still haven't received a contract with the new start date. I mentioned this when I had lunch recently with my ...
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How to approach meeting with new boss after I delayed start date due to medical reasons

I was set to start a new job, but had to postpone due to medical reasons. New boss scheduled a short meeting after postponing my January start date by a month. Should I be worried and if he asks do I ...
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When will overtime be compensated after you leave a company in Germany?

Until end of 2022 I worked for a company in Germany for quite some time, until I sent my resignation letter and decided to move on. My contract was a "Tarifvertrag", which regulated also the ...
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Multiple jobs in EU [closed]

I am working as an IT professional in Germany and a blue card holder. I am offered a very lucrative job in Netherlands which is another EU member state and definitely want to accept it. I want to know ...
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How to delay start date of new job? [closed]

I'm set to join a small tech start up in January 2023 but because of a health problem I need to delay my start date by at least one month so I can get treatment. How do I achieve this safely in this ...
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Employer has no projects, I am looking for new jobs to prevent firing, how to say why do I want to switch?

So, that is the situation. The employer is good, except it has a bad disadvantage. It has a closed, fixed customer circle and no sales. If this narrow set of customers have no work for us, then we ...
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How to tactfully decline overtime caused by bad decisions?

Situation: I've been hired as a senior software engineer in a small team to support an existing project where the coding is done by employees without software engineering background and without IT ...
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Is it appropriate to voice concerns over the Qatar world cup when colleague asks people to join betting pool?

A couple of days ago, a colleague sent an email to the whole staff asking if anyone would be interested in joining their (very low key) betting pool for the World Cup (Football/Soccer) that is taking ...
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My employer is demanding that I change my lifestyle

I work as a researcher in Germany and have recently been approached by the boss's secretary and told what can be summarized as follows: Hey, we pay you one of the top salaries in our research group, ...
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Is it legal in Germany to start a project in Kickstarter while working in a company? [closed]

I live in Germany and have an idea to start my own business here. However, I am not sure whether I am allowed to do this while working officially in a company. I just want to share my project on ...
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What are feasible options of self-employment for mathematicians?

So I'm a mathematician in Germany wondering about alternatives to corporate life. To give some more background, I specialized in insurance mathematics, with some sound knowledge in finance and ...
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Notice Period + Contractual leave days in Germany

Hi I am about to leave my job in Berlin and there are 3 things not exactly clear to me regarding the notice period and the other ones regarding leave days accumulation: I passed the probation and ...
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Can I ask my company to let me take my online training course during office hours?

As a data scientist in Germany, I have to constantly keep myself updated regarding the tech-tools and new concepts in the field. Some of them are easily done by spending a couple of hours reading some ...
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Should I tell my prospective employer that I drafted my own reference letter?

In Austria, Germany and Switzerland, your employer is obliged by law to write you (the employee) a reference letter ("Arbeitszeugnis" in German) when you leave. In some cases you can even ...
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Terminate a contract with a German employer before starting working. Any consequences if I'm living abroad?

I'm from Latin America and signed a contract with a German company in February. Since then, the company has been handling my relocation to Germany. I'm still waiting for the pre-approval of my work ...
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