The information provided here is non-binding. Legal and financial regulations may differ significantly depending on your nationality. Some measures may be accessible to EU citizens but not to third-country nationals.
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cases, the Frankfurt Association for the Support of International Students (Frankfurter Verein zur Unterstützung
internationaler Studierender e. V.) might be the only possibility to obtain
rules currently apply in many areas for Ukrainian refugees.
doubt, please contact the respective advisory services linked to this website.
parental allowance (Elterngeld), parental leave (Elternzeit) is, within the
meaning of the Federal
Parental Allowance and Parental Leave Act (Bundeselterngeld- und Elternzeitgesetz
(BEEG)) first of
all intended for working parents. They have the right towards their employer to
unpaid leave until the child is three years of age. In consultation with the
employer, twelve months of the months of parental leave not used in the first
three years can be transferred to the period when the child is aged between 3
and 8 years, if applicable.
submit an informal application for parental leave to your employer, whom you
must notify at the latest seven weeks before it is due to commence. From
this point on, you have statutory protection against dismissal. Even if you
have a legal claim against the university, it always makes sense to discuss
individual arrangements (who will stand in for you while you are on parental
leave, your later reintegration at your workplace, etc.) with your supervisor
at this point in time at the latest.
the initial application, parental leave is set for the first two years of the
child's life. This can be changed once in consultation with the employer
and without stating reasons. Provisions for a further change only apply in
cases of hardship.
applying, please note that parental allowance is paid on the basis of months of
the child's life. Accordingly, you should therefore also apply for parental
leave equating to months of the child's life, insofar as you are claiming
parental allowance to replace loss of salary. You otherwise risk losing a month's
your plans, please also note the rules on parental allowance.
find further information about the rules at Goethe University Frankfurt on the website of the Staff Services Department (in German only). In case of doubt, please request a
personal appointment with the HR administrator responsible.
find an explanation of parental leave and parental allowance in English on the
Federal Government's website for foreign nationals: https://www.make-it-in-germany.com/en/living-in-germany/family-life/parental-leave-benefit
You can submit your application online on the website of the Federal State of Hesse (in German only).
Service is happy to help you if you have any questions about parental leave and
other topics related to reconciling your studies and your family
Please click here for further
information about the services available.
The Maternity Protection Portal of Goethe University Frankfurt (Mutterschutzportal) offers customised information for
all pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers, as well as for those persons responsible
for implementing corresponding measures, and in this way ensures transparency
and a sound basis for taking the next steps.
Not just since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic has it become apparent
how important the option of mobile working is for the everyday reconciliation
of work and family responsibilities.
The terms working from home and telework are often used synonymously. Working from home has
asserted itself as the term commonly understood by the general public. The
difference between mobile work and telework is that telework is legally defined
in the Workplace Ordinance (Arbeitsstättenverordnung and thus
the legally correct term.
You can find information about the conditions at Goethe University
Frankfurt for making regular use of this option in the A-Z of the Staff Services Department (in German only).
The Academic Fixed-Term Contract Act (Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (WissZeitVG)) contains a few rules for early career researchers with family responsibilities. Which rules apply in your situation depends essentially on your type of employment.
According to Section 2 (1) of the Academic Fixed-Term Contract Act, the maximum fixed-term contractual period can be extended by periods of absence (Nachholzeiten) (maternity protection periods and parental leave). At Goethe University Frankfurt, the fixed-term period is usually limited until the 12th year of the contract in accordance with Section 2 (1); only after 12 years (previous periods have been exhausted) does the fixed-term period begin in accordance with Section 2 (2).
If the employment contract is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 (1) of the Academic Fixed-Term Contract Act, i.e. if there is what is called a “training time limit" (Qualifizierungsbefristung), the employment contract is extended after the maternity protection periods and parental leave.
If the employment contract is a fixed-term contract in accordance with Section 2 (2) of the Academic Fixed-Term Contract Act, i.e. if it is limited because it is financed from third-party funding, the contract will not be extended by the periods of absence without further ado. Extension options depend on the third-party funding organisation, and it might be necessary to find individual solutions.
Employment duration in the case of doctoral degrees
The Executive Board has decided that doctoral employment contracts for posts funded by the State of Hesse will continue to be concluded for the duration of 5 years (3+2 years).
In the interest of quality assurance, the Executive Board recommends that the faculties also apply this regulation to posts financed from third-party funds.
In general, employment into the sixth year prior to completing the doctoral degree can continue, upon application by the faculty, if the individual concerned has care responsibilities towards:
Periods of employment as a student or research assistant in the Master's phase, employment as a non-academic staff member as well as periods of employment at other universities and at research institutions at Goethe University Frankfurt do not count towards employment in the sixth year, provided that the maximum permissible fixed-term period of six years for a doctoral degree is not exceeded.
If the conditions mentioned above are not met, employment in the sixth year can only continue if the faculty suspends filling the post again for an additional three months.
Family policy component
Upon application by the staff member and the faculty, the extension of a fixed-term contract under consideration of the family policy component pursuant to Section 2 (1) Sentence 3 of the Academic Fixed-Term Contract Act must in principle be granted. In this way, it is possible for the overall duration of fixed-term employment permissible during the doctoral and postdoctoral phases to be extended by two years per child. There is, however, no statutory entitlement to application of the family policy component.
The administrators in the Staff ServicesDepartment (in German only) and the Family Service at the Equal Opportunities Office are on hand to advise you.
Academic Fixed-Term Contract Act and the coronavirus pandemic
Please direct enquiries
for consultations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
+49 69 798-18688
Equal Opportunities Office
Goethe University Frankfurt a.M.
Rostocker Str. 2
60323 Frankfurt am Main
Equal Opportunities Office
Goethe University Frankfurt a.M.
60629 Frankfurt am Main