Regulations concerning Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (WissZeitVG)


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To reduce the impact of the corona pandemic on scientists, the total permissible fixed-term contract period was extended by six months in accordance with the Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetz (WissZeitVG). The prerequisite is that an employment relationship according to § 2 I WissZeitVG exists between March 1, 2020 and September 30, 2020. On September 30, 2020, the previously announced WissZeitVG Befristungsdauer-Verlängerungs-Verordnung (WissBdVV) was published in the Federal Law Gazette and came into force on October 1, 2020. This includes the extension of the permissible fixed-term contract period under the WissZeitVG by a further 6 months. The regulation applies both to employment relationships existing between March 1, 2020 and September 30, 2020 and to employment relationships newly established between October 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021.    

With the so-called Covid extension, the legal maximum period of limitation was extended (§ 7 III WissZeitVG), there is no legal entitlement to further employment.  Please also understand that employment contracts that do not expire in the near future cannot be extended at present. The University of Rostock would like to make a responsible decision as to whether the qualification goal can be achieved or which circumstances are beneficial or less beneficial to the qualification. Therefore, these decisions will usually be made only half a year before the expiration of the employment contract to be extended. You as an employee will not suffer any legal or factual disadvantage as a result of the handling.  

Status: 06.11.2020

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