Returning to work after parental leave

Feeling ready to return to work? Start planning for your return as early as possible to ensure a smooth process and successful outcome.

You will find links to a number of documents below. These will provide an overview of the key points to consider. We have summarized the most important information below:

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Support provided by Charité's Office of Family Affairs:

  • Advice on a 'flexible return to work'
  • Cooperation with child day care facilities
  • Emergency childcare provided by KidsMobil
  • Baby change and breastfeeding facilities on all three campuses
  • 'Kinderzimmer' (children's rooms), which are organized and run by parents, are available on CCM and CVK

Returning to work after a leave of absence for personal reasons

  • Members of staff returning to work after family leave should see the occupational health physician before returning to work
  • Plans and decisions should be made regarding the nature of the new position/options available
  • Should the member of staff prefer a position in a different division or department, this should be requested as early as possible

Leave of absence during a child's sickness

  • Members of staff with statutory health insurance cover are entitled to up to 10 days of paid leave (this is reimbursed by the health insurance provider)
  • Members of staff with private health insurance are entitled to up to 4 days of paid leave, provided the child is under 12 years of age

Maternity Protection Act (Mutterschutzgesetz)

  • Protections provided under the Maternity Protection Act (MuSchG) continue to apply after birth, and include the following: Under section 7 (§ 7 MuSchG) of the Act, mothers returning to work are entitled to breastfeeding breaks at work.
  • For further information on the Maternity Protection Act (MuSchG) please go to Information/Downloads