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Initial orientation for refugees in the State Parliament of Lower Saxony

Posted On June 06, 2019

On March 19th, 35 participants of the initial orientation course had the opportunity to learn about the work of the state of Lower Saxony with refugees. The Member of Parliament Christian Calderone invited the participants, the teachers and the project coordinator Dr. Zeljko Dragic to a reception in the State Parliament of Lower Saxony. The […]

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Living, Working

Driving is a thing of the past: the healthy route to work by bike

Posted On April 30, 2019

Cycling to work is unthinkable in many countries. A lack of cycle paths, unsympathetic drivers and polluted streets make cycling a less than attractive option. But that’s not the case in Germany: here, bicycles are a socially accepted means of transportation. Bicycles as a mode of transport in Germany For several years, Germany has been […]

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The onus is on the employer: Entitlement to join workplace pension scheme for new contracts

Posted On March 05, 2019

The next stage of the German Act to Strengthen Workplace Pension Schemes [Betriebsrentenstärkungsgesetz] is now in force Since January, employees can by law compel their employers to participate in a workplace pension scheme. This provision applies to new contracts signed as of 1 January 2019 and for existing contracts as of 1 January 2022. This […]

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A bit more money at the end of the month: National health insurance contributions spread evenly

Posted On January 30, 2019

Do you have health care insurance in Germany? Then you can look forward to a net increase in your account at the end of January. This is due to the new allocation of the supplemental premium of the statutory health care funds, which is now paid in equal shares by employees and employers as of […]

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Living, Working

Mindestlohn rises in 2019

Posted On December 07, 2018

Mindestlohn – What is that? Have you ever heard about the “Mindestlohn”? The Mindestlohn is a statutory minimum wage. In Germany, it was established on 1st January 2015. The aim was to save employees who work in the so-called “Niedriglohnbereich”. This sector starts in Germany under a wage of €10 gross per hour. Especially affected […]

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Living

The cold and flu season is getting underway: can vitamin C provide protection?

Posted On November 01, 2018

A dripping nose along with a sore throat, head and joints – a cold can become a serious burden. And an expensive one: around 30 per cent of all work absences are due to the common cold. So as the cold months begin, we try to prevent it, often on our own at first. For […]

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Prescriptions, hospitalisation, etc.: how much do I have to pay, and what will the health insurance fund pay?

Posted On October 09, 2018

Getting your medication with a doctor’s prescription from a pharmacy right away, without having to pay for it? Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. In many cases, patients in Germany are required by law to pay a mandatory supplement – not only for their medication, but also for treatments at hospitals, personal care at home, […]

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