Sick leave possible again by phone - but with restrictions

Good news: Sick leave possible again by phone – but with restrictions

Good news: AU certificate is available again by phone +++ E-car filters carbon dioxide +++ Work 35 hours and perform the same: It works!

The best news in the BRIGITTE Good News Ticker for August 2022

The news often shows the horrors of this world – currently, for example, the corona pandemic and the Ukraine war. But there is not only the dark side, our world has so much beauty in store for us. We want to celebrate the little everyday things and give you something positive to take with you. It’s time for good news – if not now, then when?

August 5, 2022

The telephone sick note is back

Due to the continuing increase in the number of corona infections, it is again possible to take sick leave by telephone – without having to visit the practice. For the time being, this regulation applies until November 30th, as announced by the Federal Joint Committee of Doctors, Health Insurance Companies and Hospitals (G-BA). The increasing corona numbers and the upcoming cold and flu season could lead to a very high burden on practices.

However, the telephone sick note only applies to mild respiratory diseases. In such a case, patients could call the practice of a resident doctor and then have an in-depth telephone consultation with the doctor. Only then can an inability to work be issued for up to seven days. If the symptoms have not subsided by then, the certificate may be extended once by seven days.

The health insurance company DAK has called for a permanent establishment of telephone sick leave in the event of minor respiratory diseases. A reduction in the risk of infection also helps to reduce the number of absenteeism, according to DAK CEO Andreas Storm.

August 3, 2022

E-car filters carbon dioxide

Are e-cars the future? At least they are a good start. A team of students from TU Eindhoven in the Netherlands has designed an electric car that filters CO2 from the air. With a special filter, the prototype cleans the air and captures more carbon dioxide than is emitted while driving. The CO2 is stored in the car and then disposed of, so it should help to reduce global warming. The goal: the entire life cycle of the car should be carbon-neutral.

According to the team, the e-car can absorb two kilograms of CO2 when driven 20,000 kilometers per year. The CO2 could be disposed of while charging the battery at the column. The students are currently working on a patent.

August 1, 2022

Here’s the proof: fewer working hours don’t mean less output

Finally! A country shows that it works: Fewer working hours per week does not mean that less is achieved. In Iceland, the 4-day week was tried out and scientifically supported. They worked 35 hours a week with the same salary, the same holiday entitlement, etc. The most important result: although the test subjects worked less, they did just as much. In addition, the subjects reported a better work-life balance. So the study is a complete success.

Following the study, new collective agreements were negotiated in Iceland. 86 percent of Icelanders can reduce their working hours for the same wage. In Germany there are also companies that have just started such experiments, but not all see the future with fewer working hours. The president of the employers’ association Gesamtmetall, Stefan Wolf, is now calling for people to retire at the age of 70. Siegfried Russwurm, President of the Federation of German Industries, advocated a 42-hour week. So if they have their way, people should work longer and more in the future.

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