Pregnancy and parenthood

Family-friendliness is an important factor in the attractiveness and competitiveness of businesses in Germany. Studies show that the better work and family life can be balanced, the more skilled workers are available on the labour market. There are special regulations to provide economic stability for families. You will find the relevant information and services here.


Maternity protection: apply for exemption from the ban on overtime and night work

Exceptions to the ban on overtime, night work or piecework by a pregnant or breastfeeding woman must be approved by the competent authority.

Maternity Protection: Protection against Dismissal during Maternity Protection and Parental Leave - Request for Exception

As a rule, there is protection against dismissal during pregnancy and parental leave. For exceptions to this rule, you must contact the relevant office.

Notify employment of a pregnant or breastfeeding woman

If one of your employees has informed you that she is pregnant or breastfeeding, you must report this to the relevant supervisory authority.

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