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Work organization and labor law

No, as of 4 April, the 3G controls on campus will no longer generally apply, as the Infection Protection Act will then only stipulate such access restrictions for hotspots. TU Dortmund University recommends that everyone continues to make use of the testing offer.

The documentation on 3G certification in the workplace have to be destroyed after six months.

With each of the two personnel representatives, a Service Agreement "Mobile Working" has been concluded. According to this agreement, both scientific employees and technical/administrative employees can apply to work a certain part of their working time at home or from another location rather than being on campus. No generally applicable maximum limit has been set for this proportion, as this is determined by the individual profile of activity. Before a formal request is made, an exchange should therefore also take place between employees and their superiors about the possible arrangement of the work.

The ServicePortal describes how to apply for mobile work. There are two procedures: Employees in technology and administration must fill out a form that must be signed by their superiors. Scientific employees can send the application informally by e-mail to the Department of Human Resources, provided that they inform their superiors in CC. By submitting the application, it is confirmed that the notes on IT security and the computer workplace have been taken note of. 

The Department of Human Resources will issue a written confirmation as to whether the request has been approved. In order to avoid a backlog of applications, a transition period until 30 June at the latest applies to all mutually agreed models.

When working from home, employees must ensure that they can be contacted during normal working hours. When working on site, the specifications of the general hygiene concept must be complied with.

At the beginning of December 2020, the management of TU Dortmund University agreed with the personnel representatives on a guideline on home office for the employees of TU Dortmund University. The document offers practical advice to superiors on how home offices can be equipped for efficient work. This includes furniture as well as IT equipment and software applications. The guide also discusses how additional training can be carried out from home and what specific offers there are on the subject of home office. This guide is available on the ServicePortal.

The Office of Occupational Safety, Environmental and Health Protection is continuously developing the risk assessment/hygiene concept further. All TU members can view the current version in the service portal. It describes basic rules that must be observed in all activities at TU Dortmund University. For example, rooms have to be ventilated regularly and, wherever possible, the minimum distance should be observed. It also sets out the situations in which masks are mandatory at the workplace.

If operationally necessary, offices may again be occupied more than once. A risk assessment must be available for the workplaces. If the minimum distances in the offices cannot be maintained, technical barriers (Plexiglas) can be used.

Employees of TU Dortmund University and members of external companies should continue to wear a medical mask in internal company rooms (e.g. office, workshop, laboratory), in appropriately marked rooms and preferably on traffic routes. At meetings, masks are mandatory if one of the persons present expressly deems this protective measure necessary, e.g. because the minimum distance is not observed. Within the framework of area-related risk assessments, rooms should be marked with a mask requirement, especially if persons requiring special protection (e.g., the elderly, immunocompromised, pregnant women, other risk groups) are working there or if the room poses an increased risk of infection due to its nature (e.g., difficult to ventilate) or use (visitor traffic). The need for labeling this accordingly must be reviewed regularly based on the development of the infection incidence values.

Yes, the Office of Occupational Safety, Environmental and Health Protection provides certified surgical masks to the Dean’s Offices and other in­sti­tu­ti­ons which can be issued to employees for work on campus. A contingent of FFP2 masks is available if it is inevitable to work without a minimum distance in special situations.

Against the background of the Corona pandemic, parents will be able to claim 30 instead of 20 working days of children's sick pay for each child covered by statutory health insurance also in 2022. If there are several children, each parent is entitled to a maximum of 65 working days in total. For single parents, the entitlement increases by 20 to 60 working days per child. If there are several children, single parents are entitled to a maximum of 130 working days in total. Eligible are working parents with statutory health insurance cover. Parents can claim children's sick pay up to and including 23 September 2022, even if their child is not sick but must be looked for at home because the school, daycare center or childcare facility is closed by the authorities, compulsory attendance at classes has been suspended or authorities have restricted the access. Further information can be found on the pages of the TU Dortmund Familien Service. 

In case of a positive PCR or antigen test, quarantine is automatically mandatory. For a period of six weeks, the salary will continue to be paid as in the case of inability to work. After this period, payment of salary will cease and the regulations on sick pay will apply.

In order to ensure greater flexibility and planning security for scientists in the qualification phase, the permissible fixed-term contract period for employment relationships that have existed between 1 March 2020 and 30 September 2020 according to Section 2 (1) WissZeitVG is extended by six months. In September 2020, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) also made use of the authorization to extend the permissible time limit by a statutory regulation by a further six months. For employment relationships, which have been newly established after 30 September 2020 up to and including 31 March 2021, the extension of the total permissible fixed-term period is a cross-the-board sum of six months.

This provision does not mean that existing employment relationships are automatically extended accordingly. In each individual case, a separate application must be submitted by the departments and institutions in the usual form. You can find further information on this in the ServicePortal.

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

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