15 Sep. 2021 21:00
Until now, wages were paid in the event of illness regardless of when, where and how the sick person contracted the illness. In the case of the quarantine of unvaccinated persons, several federal states want to end the payments. Now the unions are speaking out.
After the last amendment to the Infection Protection Act, passed unobtrusively under the heading “Flood Victim Aid”, the federal states were given the opportunity to end the continued payment of wages for unvaccinated persons in the case of quarantine, the trade unions are now expressing themselves on this issue.
Several federal states have already announced that they will stop making payments. The basis for this is that in the event of quarantine (not in the event of illness), employers are not reimbursed for continued wages by the health insurance companies, but by the federal states.
This regulation affects only test-positive employees who are not ill and who have to stay away from work on an official order, not in their own interest, but in someone else’s interest.
The chairman of the Verdi union, Frank Wernecke, said today that this is “mandatory vaccination through the back door”. The DGB chairman Reiner Hoffmann also expressed himself accordingly and said that the decision on continued wages would have numerous consequences under labor law that “had not been thought through at all” – and could also lead to dismissals.
The tricky thing about the suspension of sick pay is the fact that a private decision by an employee becomes an occasion to suspend sick pay. In the past, there have been several attempts by employers’ associations to suspend continued wages, for example in the event of a skiing accident while on vacation. If the unions were to accept a restriction on continued wages in connection with the vaccination issue, this could open the door to renewed demands in this direction.
The most recent change in the law, which allows employers to query the vaccination status of their employees, is also a serious break in labor law. So far, for example, it is illegal to ask women of childbearing age whether they are pregnant because employers are not entitled to health data. At this point the question also arises as to what consequences it will have that this ban has now been relaxed.
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