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by Ann-Kathrin Katz
STARTING FROM JANUARY 1, 2023, SICK LEAVE CERTIFICATES WILL NO LONGER BE ISSUED IN PAPER FORM.
From this point onward, only the electronic sick leave certificate (eAU) will be available.
The eAU will be requested by B.I.P., responsible for payroll processing, from the health insurance company. The reporting obligation for employees will still remain in effect. You must continue to report your illness and do so even if the illness persists. For a request, we only need the employee's name and the start (and expected end) of the sick leave. A request can only be made after the employee's notification; a blanket request is not permitted. Without notification, there might be salary overpayments, which we want to avoid for all parties.
However, the eAU process applies only to medical certificates from a doctor/dentist or for a hospital stay.
In the case of a hospital stay, we also require a notification after discharge, as the health insurance company initially provides only an estimated discharge date.
FOR PRIVATELY INSURED EMPLOYEES, REHABILITATION MEASURES, OR WHEN A CHILD IS ILL, THE TRADITIONAL PAPER FORMAT WILL STILL APPLY.
If digital transmission from the medical practice is not possible, there will still be exceptions where sick leave certificates will be issued in paper form. In such cases, please send them to us as usual.
If you have any questions about the new procedure, we are here to assist you.
We are happy to support you in implementing this new process and provide you with individually prepared employee information upon request.
The B.I.P. GmbH Team