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BAföG (Bundesausbildungsförderungsgesetz - Federal Training Assistance Act)

Student assistants receiving BAföG assistance should expect their income from their employment contract with TU Berlin (as it must be declared) to be included in the calculation of their grant, meaning they will receive less financial assistance. As a rule, the amount of your income exceeding EUR 450 per month (EUR 5400 per year, as of January 2019) is subtracted from your funding amount. You can find out more from TU AStA’s BAföG and Social Counseling or directly from the BAföG Office (studierendenWERK Office for Educational Support).

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Bonuses for Night and Weekend Work

-> See also: Saturday/Sunday and Night Work

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Student assistants are not entitled to a paid lunch break. However, the Working Hours Act (Section 4 Arbeitszeitgesetz - ArbZG) stipulates unpaid breaks, which must have the following durations and must be taken:

  • A break must be at least 30 minutes if an employee works between six and nine hours.
  • A break must be at least 45 minutes if an employee works between nine and ten hours.
  • If an employee works less than six hours, they are neither entitled to nor required to take a break.

The break must be taken during the work hours (not at the beginning or end) and can be split into short breaks of at least 15 minutes. A break must be taken after 6 working hours!

A woman who is nursing is entitled to nursing breaks during work. Such breaks are protected by the Maternity Protection Act (Mutterschutzgesetz). Special rules apply to individuals with disabilities.

-> See also: Display Screen Work

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In cases of bullying, please contact the Staff Council, labor unions, and Main Women’s Representative. Wirkstoff e.V. offers free counseling to women (Phone: 440 22 50).

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Business Trips Outside Berlin

Under certain conditions student assistants are also permitted to conduct business trips (see circular from Section II 1, dated 20.5.96, Group F).

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Zusatzinformationen / Extras

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Staff Council for Student Assistants

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