FAQs on balancing work and family
Answers to the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) about balancing studying, work and family commitments are given below:
Do I have to report my pregnancy?
If you are a student, please report your pregnancy to L 3, Susanne Kramarenkoff: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone + 49 9131/85-23733 (cellphone: + 49 174/6105615). FAU is obliged to report your pregnancy to the Supervisory Authority for Occupational Safety. Further details: Maternity Protection Act for students
How do I apply for parental leave?
Parental leave must be applied for in writing at least seven weeks before it begins. You should submit the form for applying for parental leave “Anmeldung der Elternzeit” (for employees: P1002; for public servants: P1104). As proof of the child’s date of birth, we require a copy of the child’s birth certificate or confirmation of birth for child benefit. You can submit it together with your application, if you are applying after the child is born or submit it after the child is born if you are applying beforehand. All we require with your initial application is proof that you are actually expecting or have had a child (not all the stated types of proof are required at this stage). When applying for parental leave, you must state the exact dates you would like to take parental leave within a period of 2 years. Please remember to transfer any months you do not take to a later date by marking the application form accordingly.
Parental leave taken after the child’s third birthday must be applied for 13 weeks in advance. Your manager must acknowledge your application for parental leave by signing the form. The signed form is then processed by the person responsible for you in the human resources department. After it is processed, the mother/father/grandmother/grandfather receives a letter confirming the parental leave. If parental leave is split into three phases, the employer is entitled to refuse the third phase on the basis of urgent work-related reasons.
How do I apply for child benefit (Kindergeld)?
How do I apply for parental allowance (Elterngeld)?
How do I apply for a contract extension due to pregnancy and/or parental leave?
How do I apply for a semester of leave from my studies (Urlaubssemester) due to pregnancy or child care?
Can my department/chair hire a replacement for my maternity and parental leave?
The request should include a justification for the need for the replacement, information type, scope and exact time period of the replacement.
How do I request a family care leave (Pflegeauszeit)?
In acute situations, a leave of up to ten days can be taken to organize necessary care. A medical certificate is sufficient as proof. For the ten-day care leave, you receive a wage replacement benefit similar to that for sick days for children. This must be applied for from the care insurance fund (Pflegekasse) of the person to be cared for. Please contact the relevant care insurance fund (Pflegekasse) to find out about the application procedure.
A leave of absence/reduction in working hours of up to six months is possible in order to care for close relatives yourself. Ten days’ notice must be given and evidence provided in the form of a certificate from the care insurance fund (Pflegekasse) or the medical service of the health insurance funds (Medizinischer Dienst der Krankenkassen).
A leave of absence is also possible for the care of underage relatives in need of care.
Close relatives undergoing palliative medical treatment can be accompanied in the last weeks of life.
If necessary, an interest-free loan can be applied for from the Federal Family Office (Bundesamt für Familie). In any case, please contact the personnel administrator responsible for you.
How do I find a nursery place for my child?
How do I find a kindergarten place for my child?
For places in other facilities, please refer directly to the websites of the cities of Erlangen, Fürth and Nürnberg or your municipality. Please note that the “Sprengelprinzip” applies to kindergarten places – this means that you must live in the area surrounding the facility in order to get a place there.
It also applies to kindergarten places that you should be registered at least one year in advance for the corresponding waiting lists of the facilities, as the place situation in the metropolitan region is very tight.