Rights and Obligations as an Employee

At a glance

As an employee, you enjoy certain entitlements such as vacation days, but also have some obligations. The following section explains the basics.

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Administrative requirements and details of work contracts will vary among the TRC partner institutions. Contact your Human Resources department or personal support to find out more.


Your contract will fix your gross salary and any special payments such as Christmas bonus, etc. Please see Social Security for information on standard deductions.


As an employee, you have at least 20 days of paid vacation per year. Please check your contract or ask in your personnel department to find out how many days of vacation you are entitled to.

Sick Leave

As an employee, you are entitled to paid sick leave which is not deducted from your vacation days.

If you become ill and cannot go to work, notify your employer immediately. If you are sick for more than two days, you must see your physician and have him or her issue you a sick note which must reach your employer as soon possible, but by the fourth day at the very latest. You must also send the copy marked "Krankenkasse" to your health insurance provider.

Probation Period

It is customary to have a probation period when you start working for a new employer. Please check your contract to find the duration of a possible probation period.

Notice Period

If you wish to terminate your employment contract early, you must give your employer a certain amount of advance notice. Please ask your institute's human resources department for details.

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