Entgeltfortzahlungsgesetz, EFZG (Continued Remuneration Act)
If an employee falls ill or gets injured at work, then they are protected through provisions under the Continued Remuneration Act (Entgeltfortzahlungsgesetz).
This act also regulates the payment of wages on public holidays as well. The right to sick leave can last up to a maximum of 6 weeks every 12 months, but extension is possible in certain circumstances. For employees to be entitled to this sick leave entitlement, they must have worked with the employer for a minimum of 4 weeks. German employees also have a right to take up to 10 days’ leave to look after sick family members.