What is a certificate of incapacity to work/yellow certificate (gelber Schein)?
A sick note or certificate of incapacity to work (Arbeitsunfähigkeitsbescheinigung/AU-Bescheinigung/Krankschreibung/gelber Schein) is the certificate you get from your doctor when he/she determines that you cannot work because of illness. It usually states the day on which you saw the doctor. The doctor determines how long he/she will put you on sick leave and enters this date on your sick note. He/she can only put you on sick leave for a maximum of 2 weeks. If you are sick for longer than 2 weeks, you have to go to the doctor again and continue to have your sick leave certified. There must be no gap between the last day of your sick leave and your next visit to the doctor.