6.1 Duties to provide information
Employees and staff are required to inform their superiors unprompted if at least one of the conditions listed below applies:
- Confirmed infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus;
- Classification as category I contact person in accordance with the Guide for employees, staff and students in case of a suspected SARS-CoV-2 infection;
- Ordered to quarantine by a public authority, such as the local Gesundheitsamt (public health department), or in accordance with the CoronaEinreiseV (Coronavirus-Einreiseverordnung – Coronavirus Entry Ordinance).
Employees and staff members of TU Darmstadt are expected not to travel abroad, i.e., outside the Federal Republic of Germany, should it become known before departure that the German Federal Government has not only issued a travel warning but has categorised the destination a high-risk area or an area of variants, too, and should no exception of the quarantine requirement for inbound travellers exist. A trip is considered avoidable if at the time of departure there are no compelling reasons making this trip necessary and nondeferrable. Hence, a trip may be considered unavoidable under special and extraordinary circumstances1 only.
For civil servants, such a travel and the conscious acceptance of such a travel risk can have consequences under civil servants’ employment law if they failed to communicate and coordinate it with their senior manager, particularly if they cannot fulfil their duties in full at the end of their approved leave of absence because of this. This applies similarly to employees and staff who are not civil servants. For noncivil servant employees and staff, this can have consequences under employment law. For instance, no claims on remuneration or indemnification through loss of earnings according to Section 56 IfSG (Infektionsschutzgesetz – German infection control act) can be made by non-civil servant employees or staff, if travelling to a high-risk area or virus variants area could have been avoided and resulted in mandatory self-isolation upon return.
6.3 Contact persons
Duty of presence is suspended for any employee or staff member confirmed as infected with the SARS-CoV2 coronavirus and for 14 days following latest contact for any category I contact person in close contact (heightened risk of infection) as defined by the RKI, should they not already be required to self-isolate in accordance with Section 7 CoSchuV (Coronavirus-Schutzverordnung – Coronavirus Protection Ordinance) or Section 4 CoronaEinreiseV (Coronavirus-Einreiseverordnung – Coronavirus Entry Ordinance) or by official order to quarantine. Deviating periods of mandatory self-isolation (quarantine) stated in Hessian ordinances, the Coronavirus Entry Ordinance and in quarantine orders of the local Gesundheitsämter (public health departments) take precedence. During this time, employees and staff must work mobile from home, if possible. Should it not be possible to work mobile from home, the regulations of the Infektionsschutzgesetz (IfSG – German infection control act) in Section 56 apply with regard to loss of earnings.
1Such circumstances could be the birth of one’s child, the passing away of a close member of the family (such as a parent, grandparent or one’s child).