Last update: 25 March 2021, 6 p.m.
Flexible work arrangements
For all LMU employees (professors as well as scientific and administrative staff), the following regulation applies to further enable a more flexible performance of work:
In the case of office work or comparable activities (i.e., activities that can be performed from home using information technologies), supervisors must offer employees the opportunity to perform these activities in their home office until April 30, 2021, for the time being, if there are no compelling operational reasons to the contrary. High requirements must be placed on the existence of compelling operational reasons, which must be documented in the event of rejection.
Comprehensible operational reasons that speak against a relocation to the home office may exist, for example, if the operational processes would otherwise be significantly restricted or could not be maintained at all. Examples may include: ancillary activities associated with an office (activity), such as processing and distributing incoming mail, processing incoming and outgoing goods, counter and cashier services for customer and employee contacts that continue to be necessary, issuing materials, repair and maintenance tasks (e.g. IT service), janitorial services and emergency services to maintain operations, and possibly also ensuring first aid in the company. Supervisors shall coordinate or determine suitable home office activities with the employees concerned. When organizing work performance, it must be ensured that operational safety and the maintenance of the technical infrastructure are guaranteed.
Information on the testing strategy of the Free State of Bavaria
The top priority for containing the pandemic, as long as there is no comprehensive vaccination protection, is to reduce and avoid contact. For the employees of the Free State of Bavaria, the offer of voluntary work in the home office will therefore remain in place. The test concept does not result in any change in this respect.
As is already generally known, the Chancellor and the heads of government of the federal states decided on March 3, 2021 that, among other things, it is necessary for comprehensive infection protection that companies in Germany offer their present employees at least one free rapid test per week as a contribution to society as a whole. As far as possible, a certificate should be issued confirming the test result.
For implementation of this resolution, the Council of Ministers adopted a test concept for employees of the Free State of Bavaria on March 16, 2021. The test concept consists of two stages and is as follows:
Stage 1: In view of the fact that self-tests are currently not available in sufficient numbers and take some time to procure and distribute, a free rapid test is offered once a week to present employees at the state testing facilities operated by the municipalities or at pharmacies that are permitted to carry out rapid tests since March 3, 2021 as part of a transitional solution using already existing proven structures. These will also issue a certificate to employees. The employee will be granted time off work to travel to the nearest testing facility or pharmacy and to take the rapid test. The result is that the "citizen tests"(„Bürgertest“) are used on working time.
Stage 2: As soon as self-tests are available in sufficient numbers, present employees will probably be provided with a self-test once per week free of charge on request after the Easter vacations. We will provide details here as soon as they have been made known to us.
Measures to reduce contact
Supervisors shall take all appropriate technical and organizational measures to reduce operationally necessary interpersonal contact. The simultaneous use of rooms by several persons shall be reduced to the minimum necessary for operation.
Operation-related meetings of several people are to be reduced to the minimum necessary for the operation and, if possible, replaced by the use of information technology.
If the simultaneous use of rooms by several persons is necessary, the minimum area for each person in the room shall not be less than 10 m² , insofar as the activities to be performed permit this. If the activities to be performed do not permit this, the employer shall ensure the equivalent protection of the employees by other suitable protective measures, in particular by suitable ventilation measures and separations between the persons present. If this is not possible, supervisors shall ensure that medical face masks or FFP2 masks are kept available and actually worn.
In areas with more than ten employees, employees shall be divided into work groups that are as small as possible. Contacts between the individual work groups in the course of operations as well as changes to this division are to be reduced to the minimum necessary for the operation. Time-shifted work shall be made possible insofar as operational conditions permit.
Face masks - Mask-wearing compulsory at LMU
In all areas of LMU buildings where people meet or come into contact with others a medical face mask (surgical mask) or FFP2 mask must be worn. This applies in particular to corridors, staircases, elevators and toilets, as well as when entering and leaving any lecture halls and conference rooms.
At the same time, masks are obligatory at face-to-face classes - also for lecturers - even at one’s desk. Excluded from this are examinations.
At the workplace, mask-wearing is obligatory only if the minimum distance of 1.5 m cannot be reliably maintained.
If a meeting room is occupied by more than one person per 10 m² , a medical face mask (surgical mask) must also be worn at the site.
FFP2 masks are mandatory in libraries. If there are suitable partitions between visitors and staff, it is also permissible for staff to wear a medical face mask.
When dealing openly with hazardous, bio- and radioactive materials, masks must not be worn. However, respiratory protection must still be used for special activities requiring respiratory protection.
FFP2 masks without an exhalation valve may be worn for a maximum of 75 min at a time (up to 110 min for light, predominantly sedentary work). Thereafter, a break of 30 min is to be provided for each time the mask is worn.
Employees who have to wear an FFP2 mask for longer than 75 or 110 min per working day during the Corona pandemic due to their work must be offered an occupational medical check-up by their supervisors at the occupational medical service (Betriebsärztlicher Dienst).
The occupational medical check-up includes a medical consultation in conjunction with a medical history. If the occupational medical service (Betriebsärztlicher Dienst) considers an additional physical and/or clinical examination to be necessary, it offers this to the employees; they can agree to the examination.
Suspected cases, returnees from abroad and risk groups
If a corona infection is suspected, all employees are requested to contact a physician or the on-call service of „Kassenärztlicher Bereitschaftsdienst“ (116 117) immediately by telephone, and discuss on how to proceed further. The same applies if you have or have had contact with a person infected with the corona virus.
Persons are not allowed to enter the university if they
1. have knowingly had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient (cat. I contact) within the last 14 days, unless otherwise directed by the public health department
2. show symptoms that may indicate COVID-19 disease, such as respiratory symptoms of any severity, unspecific general symptoms, and olfactory or gustatory disturbances;
3. are obliged to be placed in domestic quarantine in accordance with the currently valid entry quarantine regulation (EQV).
Exempt from case no. 2 are those individuals who have a medical certificate in German or English confirming that there is no evidence of infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and who present this certificate to the university. The medical certificate must be based on a molecular biological test (PCR) for the presence of an infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which was carried out in a member state of the European Union or in another state that the RKI has included in a list of states with a sufficient quality standard for this purpose.
The test must have been carried out no more than 48 hours prior to submission to the university. Please note that a so-called antibody test or a rapid test (antigen test) is not sufficient.
For case no. 3, the quarantine lasts 10 days and may end prematurely, however at the earliest following the fifth day after entry, if the person concerned has a negative test result and presents it immediately to the competent district administrative authority upon request. The test may not have been carried out in the five days after entry into Germany. Those entering from virus variant areas must quarantine for 14 days with no possibility of shortening.
Persons who are in quarantine ordered by the public health department can only return to work after the quarantine has been lifted by the public health department. They do not need a supplemental corona test for the LMU after the quarantine is lifted.
During the quarantine period, work must be performed in the home office (provided the person is fit for work and service). If this is not possible, a leave from work is to be granted.
According to the RKI, contact is deemed to exist, for example, if there was cumulative face-to-face contact for at least 15 minutes, e.g. during a conversation, or if there was direct contact with secretions or body fluids (coughing, sneezing, kissing). You can find further examples on the RKI website. Merely indirect contacts (i.e. contact with a person who had contact with a returnee from a risk area, etc.) do not constitute "contact" in the sense of the above provisions. In cases of doubt, please contact the „Betriebsärztliche Dienst“ (LMU’s medical service). Furthermore, if you suspect a COVID-19 illness, you must contact a physician or the on-call service of „Kassenärztlicher Bereitschaftsdienst“ (phone: 116 117) immediately by telephone, and discuss the further procedure.
For employees for whom infection with the corona virus represents an increased health risk (please consult the information provided by the RKI) the necessary measures (e.g. no public access, no service centre, work in the home office, etc.) must be taken in consultation with the attending physician - if necessary with the involvement of the LMU medical service („Betriebsärztlicher Dienst“). A risk assessment must also be prepared before commencing work. If the measures deemed necessary by a doctor cannot be implemented, the doctor must decide whether the employee is fit for work. The employer must be notified immediately of any incapacity for work („Dienst-/Arbeitsunfähigkeit“) and proof of this must be provided by submitting a corresponding medical certificate of incapacity for work. In addition, there is always the possibility that holiday and overtime claims may be reduced.
The spread of COVID-19 continues to lead to sometimes drastic restrictions on international air and travel, entry restrictions, quarantine measures and disruption of public life such as curfews in many countries. Changes to entry and quarantine regulations are sometimes made without prior notice and with immediate effect. LMU therefore recommends that business trips be avoided as far as possible and that video and telephone conferences be held whenever possible.
According to the Bavarian Ministry of Finance, business trips may only be approved if they are absolutely necessary. Business trips are absolutely necessary if they would otherwise cause damage or disadvantages that could only be remedied at disproportionate expense. The concrete circumstances of the compelling necessity must be documented on the permit when applying for a business trip.
Employees who show unspecific general symptoms or respiratory problems of any severity within 14 days of returning from a business trip are to be treated as unfit for duty and may therefore not appear on duty until the presence of a corona virus infection has been clarified. These employees are obliged to contact their family doctor or the medical on-call service (tel. 116 117) immediately by telephone.
If quarantine is ordered due to the Entry Quarantine Ordinance for business trip returnees, release from duty can only be granted to the extent that reasonable tasks cannot be performed in home office.
Please note that in the current situation, business trips should not be combined with private trips to countries for which a travel warning from the Federal Foreign Office with reference to Corona exists or to countries for which a 14-day quarantine is ordered on return to Germany on the basis of the Entry Quarantine Regulation. The time spent on official business must be significantly greater than the private time spent on such trips, as special regulations apply to private trips: If a private trip is booked and undertaken during the period of the travel warnings of the Federal Foreign Office with reference to Corona or the entry quarantine regulation with a quarantine order, this is to be regarded as irresponsible behaviour according to the specifications of the Bavarian Ministry of Finance. Exemptions from duty in the event of quarantine measures or return travel difficulties may not be granted in such cases.
Events and meetings at LMU
Conferences, congresses, exhibitions and similar events are prohibited.
Further information for employees of LMU
If you have any questions regarding the performance of work or continued payment of wages, please contact your direct superior or your immediate supervisor, your faculty or department or the person responsible for you in the LMU Human Resources Department.
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Further information for employees of the LMU
- If the child is confirmed to be ill with COVID-19, the above requirements for persons who have been in contact with a sick person must be observed. In case of any other illness of the child, the usual regulations apply (see more information in the Serviceportal - under work release due to illness of a child)
- Employees who must stay at home to care for their children due to the general closure of a child-care institution are granted home office or subsidiary leave of absence (with continued payment of wages) for the entire duration of the closure of schools (i.e. not during school holidays) and other care facilities. In contrast to home office, leave of absence can only be granted if the employee is otherwise unable to provide care despite having exhausted all possibilities. The need to take care of children needs to be laid out specifically, especially if children are older than 14. Employees are not permitted to bring children to the LMU. In any case, please inform your direct supervisor.
Please note that during the holidays, subsidiary leave of absence for childcare cannot be granted. In this case, overtime hours and/or vacation days must be brought in; alternatively, unpaid leave can be taken. In exceptional cases, paid leave of absence can only be granted if other childcare facilities (crèche, kindergarten, after-school care, day-care centre, etc.) are closed due to the pandemic. However, this only applies in the event of pandemic-related closure - if it would have been regularly closed anyway, then this possibility does not exist. This exception only applies to so-called institutionalised childcare facilities that are regularly and permanently attended outside the holidays (i.e. not for holiday care services, e.g. through sports clubs, circus workshops, municipal holiday programs and care provided by grandparents, relatives, friends).
The need for childcare must be specifically demonstrated and must be checked by the supervisor. For children over 14 years of age, the need for care must be specifically justified. Paid leave can only be granted by the personnel department.
These regulations also apply in case that school or child care is only offered in a limited fashion.
In case of an individual class or child-care facility closing due to a specific case of infection with Covid-19, leave of absence can be granted for up to 10 days if no other child care can be secured.
Home office and subsidiary release from work (with continued payment of wages) will in future also be granted if this is absolutely necessary to care for a relative in need of care and the care is not otherwise possible. The need for care must be specifically explained and examined. This applies in particular if the relatives are not cared for at home.
- During quarantine in Germany, work must be performed in home office (provided that you are fit for duty or work). The respective supervisor will determine suitable activities with the affected persons. If no activities are conceivable to be performed from home, the persons concerned are released from performing their work. During the regular working hours, they must be available at all times for (possibly also partial) commencement of work. During this time, cases of sickness must be reported to the university.
- Employees under quarantine outside Germany (only if ordered by the security authorities in the sense of quarantine measures) are released from work with continued payment of their salary.
- If employees on vacation are affected by quarantine measures, the vacation is terminated from this point in time and "replaced" by a release from duty.
- Employees who are unable to return home from abroad due to other safety regulations, are released from work and continue to receive their salary. If the return journey is not possible for other reasons, further steps must be agreed with the Human Resources Department.
- If a trip for private purposes (vacation etc.) is planned or undertaken while travel warnings with respect to Corona by the Foreign Office are in effect or the „Einreisequarantäneverordnung“ stipulates quarantine upon return, this is deemed irresponsible behavior in accordance with the regulations by the responsible state ministry. Hence, leave of absence due to quarantine measures or difficulties in returning must not be granted in these cases.
Permits already granted for foreign trips that have not yet commenced are revoked until further notice. We urgently advise against business trips even within Germany.
If business trips that have already been booked have to be cancelled for reasons for which the business traveler is not responsible, the costs can be reimbursed (only the business part if a private trip is combined with a business trip). Please note that you are obliged to take all possible steps to keep the costs as low as possible (e.g. cancel in good time and not just before the trip is due to start).
Unfortunately, we are not allowed to reimburse the costs of a travel cancellation insurance due to the regulations of the Bayerische Reisekostengesetz (Bavarian Travel Expenses Act). Moreover, such an insurance would normally only pay in the event of your own serious illness. Not insured are concerns about illness or travel to countries for which the Foreign Office has issued travel warnings. Many providers also rule out epidemic or pandemic scenarios. It is recommended to purchase fully flexible or cancelable tickets. The additional costs incurred can be claimed as part of the reimbursement of travel expenses. Please note on the travel expense report that the booking of the more expensive ticket was necessary due to the dynamic development of the spread of the corona virus.
Sick employees regularly call in sick. The reason for an inability to work is a private matter, but the employer's duty of care may give rise to a claim to know whether someone is ill with COVID-19 in order to protect colleagues from infection. Please help to contain the spread of the virus if possible, and disclose any infection to your employer.
The workplace of the employee (office, workshop, etc.) must be closed immediately after knowledge of the confirmed illness, and further use is prohibited. This also applies to shared workplaces such as shared offices, etc. Before resuming use, surfaces must be cleaned with disinfectants. Please inform facility management in this case.
Employees who do not have locking authorization for the front door of their office building can find the application procedure in the Serviceportal.
We ask for your understanding that the processing may take some time and hope that in the meantime a practicable access to the workplace can still be guaranteed, e.g. by consultation with colleagues.
According to the State Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and the State Ministry of Science and the Arts pregnant women who carry out activities involving contact with other people are generally still forbidden to work ("Beschäftigungsverbot").
A pregnant woman can therefore only go to work if protective measures are taken to ensure that the pregnant woman is not exposed to a higher risk of infection in the workplace than the general population. To this end, it is mandatory to prepare a risk assessment for the pregnant woman's work at the workplace or to extend the existing risk assessment to include the risk of the corona virus. If you need advice, please contact the specialist responsible for occupational safety at the Stabsstelle Arbeitssicherheit und Nachhaltigkeit (Serviceportal/keyword “Arbeitssicherheit”) and the Betriebsärztliche Dienst (Serviceportal/keyword “Gesundheit am Arbeitsplatz”).