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Living, Working

The electronic health card: what it’s for and what it can do

Posted On April 20, 2020

In Germany everyone must have health insurance. Those with statutory health insurance can use services with their electronic health card (eGK). The card is proof of insurance. Here we outline the main features of the card and provide a preview of future functions. Protected abroad too thanks to EHIC The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) […]

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The new German Skilled Labour Immigration Act [Fachkräfteeinwanderungsgesetz]: What does it mean, and how can you benefit from it?

Posted On April 03, 2020

About a month ago, Germany adopted a new law that makes it easier for foreign skilled workers to immigrate to Germany to find work here: the Skilled Labour Immigration Act [Fachkräfteeinwanderungsgesetz]. The new law permits both university graduates and skilled workers who have completed professional training in non-EU countries to immigrate to Germany for work […]

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Recognising your need for medical help early and finding support

Posted On December 04, 2019

Whether you are suffering from an acute or chronic condition or are experiencing difficulties with your mental or physical health: if a return to everyday life or to work is at risk, you should not delay taking action! A treatment programme can help you get back on your feet. When is it time for a […]

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Benefitting from the transition band: Better conditions for midi-jobbers

Posted On September 12, 2019

As of 1 July 2019, there’s a new income bracket for midi-jobs: the upper limit was raised from a maximum salary of € 850 to € 1,300 per month, while the lower limit of € 450.01 remains unchanged. Various income models in Germany: From “mini-job” to “midi-job” In Germany, there are many jobs that are […]

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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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