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Leave and Public Holidays in Germany

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Leave is regulated by law in Germany. There are also public holidays, which can vary from state to state. Today we would like to give you an insight into the regulations in Germany and the public holidays in FrankfurtRheinMain (FRM).

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Holiday Entitlement

Employees in Germany are legally entitled to paid annual leave of at least four weeks per year. However, most employees in Germany have slightly more leave on average, namely 29 days. This depends on your  employment contract (negotiated between you and your employer), a Works Council agreement (negotiated between the Works Council and your employer) or a collective labour agreement (negotiated between trade unions and employers’ associations) and can vary from employer to employer.

Your employer has to approve your leave, so you should submit your request early. In principle, your employer has to agree, but there are certain reasons for rejecting it.

If you fall ill while on holiday, you do not lose it as long as you present a doctor's note proving that you were unfit for work.

In addition, there is also educational leave which employees in some federal states are entitled to. Employers have to give their employees paid leave for professional development in addition to annual leave.

You can find more information (in German) on the subject of leave on the German Trade Union Federation (DGB) website.

 

Public holidays

In addition to leave, there are also the public holidays in Germany which are days off work. The individual federal states determine which days are public holidays. Federal public holidays are for example New Year's Day, Easter Sunday, Christmas and the 3rd of October. Again, the Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund (DGB) website provides a good overview.

 

Brückentag

Particularly popular among German employees are the so-called "Brückentage", i.e. the days between a public holiday and the weekend. Many people like to take a day off on these days, as they can have four days off in a row with just one day of holiday. As these long weekends are very popular, it is better to plan your holidays as early as possible and to discuss them with your colleagues.

 

School Holidays

School holidays play an important role for all employees with school-age children, as it is only during this period that they can go on holiday with their children. As with public holidays, the school holidays are a matter for the federal states. An overview of the school holidays in all federal states can be found (in German) on Kultusministerkonferenz website.