What happens to my wages when I am ill?
If you are incapacitated by illness, you will continue to receive money from your employer. This is called ‘continued payment of wages’ (Lohnfortzahlung). The employer will pay your wages at the same amount as your normal salary for up to 6 weeks. If you are sick for longer than 6 weeks, the health insurance fund will pay you sick pay (Krankengeld). Even if you have worked for an employer for less than 4 weeks, you will still receive sick pay from the health insurance fund. Only after 4 weeks is the employer obligated to continue paying your salary.
You can find out more about sick pay under the question: What is sick pay and how much is it?
If you are on sick leave for a longer period, it is important to have certificates of incapacity to work for the entire period of your illness. A distinction is made here between an initial certificate and a follow-up certificate from the doctor.