What are the effects of teacher absenteeism

Illness of teachers


What do the school management have to take into account in the event of illness, what special features apply to teachers employed by collective bargaining agreements and what options and offers of help exist for returning to school?

Notification of sick teachers by the school

The school administrators have to notify the district government about absenteeism of teachers due to illness. The district government must be informed about illness-related absence by collective bargaining teachers in the case of first-time illnesses at the latest at the end of a calendar month. In the case of illnesses going beyond this, further certificates must be presented immediately and, if necessary, requested from the teacher by the school. This is absolutely necessary, because in the case of employees under collective bargaining agreements, the district government may have to deregister from the continued payment of wages after 6 weeks of illness. Collective bargaining employees generally continue to receive their wages for up to 6 weeks.

In the case of civil servants who have been ill for a longer period of time, the district government may have to initiate a procedure to check whether they are fit for service or to retire. For this group of people, too, the timely submission of the certificates is essential and should be done when the illness has reached 6 weeks.

If the service is started again, a notification of commencement of work (notification of health) must be submitted immediately.

Furthermore, there are legal obligations of the employer / employer to offer teachers (civil servants and collective bargaining employees) what is known as company integration management (BEM) if they have been ill for 6 weeks a year. Therefore, all teachers with a corresponding duration of illness in the last year (each individually calculated one year back, not in the calendar year and not in relation to the school year) must be reported to the district government so that the teachers can be written to and they can be offered a BEM conversation .

For the details of reporting sick teachers and the calculation of the 6-week period, two circulars from the Cologne District Government dated September 29, 2009 and October 30, 2009 have been deposited.

Continued payment of wages in the event of illness of teachers employed by collective bargaining agreements

All teachers with collective bargaining agreements who are unable to work due to illness (through no fault of their own) will continue to receive remuneration for up to 6 weeks. After the 6 weeks of continued wage payment, employees receive a sickness allowance from their employer if they are ill. You can find an overview of the requirements and the amount of continued payment of wages and the sick pay allowance in the attached information sheet.

BEM - In-company integration management for teachers

If a teacher falls ill continuously or repeatedly for more than 6 weeks within 12 months, the employer is obliged to offer a so-called prevention interview as part of the BEM. The aim of the so-called BEM is to clarify how an incapacity for work can be overcome as far as possible and with which services and aids a renewed incapacity can be prevented. The BEM is only carried out with the consent and / or at the request of the teacher concerned. Offers of help, such as gradual reintegration, can also be requested independently of the prevention interview.

A flyer and the circular dated July 31, 2009 are available on the content and process of the BEM.

Gradual reintegration

If you are ill for a longer period of at least 4 weeks, there is the option of gradual reintegration into the work process to make the transition into working life easier. Reintegration is treated differently for teachers with collective bargaining agreements and civil servants.

The following documents must be submitted to the official channels in good time before the start of the measure:

  • personal informal request
  • Medical reintegration plan with at least two stages and a prognosis of the ability to work.