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Working in the event of a power failure: You may continue to receive your wages

2022-12-05T18:09:09.015Z

A widespread power failure is challenging - not only for the domestic household, but also for working life. Do you still have to go to work?



A widespread power failure is challenging - not only for the domestic household, but also for working life.

Do you still have to go to work?

Health, energy, gas - these topics are currently occupying many people in Germany.

What happens if the power goes out for a longer period of time?

The federal government and civil protection are preparing the citizens for a possible blackout.

However, the focus is initially on how people can manage everyday life at home without electricity.

So everyday things like cooking or shopping.

Another big part of everyday life is excluded for the time being – the job.

Work and power outage: Make sure it's a widespread blackout

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In the event of a power outage, your boss can assign you work that you don't need a computer for.

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In recent years, jobs have become more and more digital, and you need computers and the Internet for many areas.

In the event of a power outage, that creates problems – you won't be able to do your job – but just staying away from work isn't a good idea.

Make sure it's a widespread power outage - just because you don't have electricity at home doesn't mean your workplace will be affected.

Try to get in touch with your boss or, if in doubt, go to your workplace if this is possible.

Please note: The usual way to work may not work - you have to do without the subway or S-Bahn.

Don't miss anything: You can find everything about careers in the regular career newsletter from our partner Merkur.de.

The way to work in the event of a power failure

  • bus

  • carpooling

  • bicycle

  • automobile

  • On foot

A widespread power failure is considered a disruption to operations

The Businessinsider

portal

spoke to Alicia von Rosenberg, a lawyer specializing in employment law in Berlin.

She says that employees may be exempt from the obligation to perform: "If an employee cannot work due to a widespread power failure, this is called a breakdown.

In such a case, the law stipulates that the employee is released from his obligation to perform, which means that he does not have to work.” If the company is affected by the power failure and you cannot work, even if you were on site, then the company bears the costs Operation the "risk of impossibility of work performance".

This means you will continue to receive your wages.

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Can the boss continue to employ you despite the power failure?

You cannot work on the computer if there is a power failure, but your boss can, for example, give you the task of processing files if you do not need any technical aids for this.

You can also be brought out of the home office if you can do the work in the company but it doesn't work at home, writes lawyer Alexander Bredereck on the

lawyer.de

portal .

In the event of an unexpected power failure, an employee does not have to fear a warning, as Bredereck describes on the website.

However, the employer can cancel the wages for the time that the employee was late and therefore did not work.

Is a power failure part of "force majeure"

A widespread power failure is classified as "force majeure", as lawyer Alicia von Rosenberg

explains to

Business Insider.

The situation is different when buses and trains are on strike – then you should be at your workplace on time.

Rubric list image: © Andrey Popov/Imago

Source: merkur

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