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GitLab and team members contributions to pension, health insurance, care in old age insurance and unemployment insurance are mandatory, as required by the state system. The payments are calculated each month by payroll and are shown on the employee pay-slips.
Further information can also be found on the Germany Trade & Invest Website.
GitLab does not plan to offer different Life Insurance Benefits because team members can access employer insurance and government pension schemes to help with payments in the event of a death of a family member. The GitLab Life Insurance plan still applies.
To initiate your Parental Leave, submit the dates in PTO by Roots under the Parental Leave category. This will prompt Total Rewards to process your leave. You can find out more information about our Parental Leave policy here.
Maternity Leave: Regardless of the length of service, under the Maternity Protection Act, pregnant team members are entitled to 6 weeks of leave before their estimated due date. If a woman does not give birth on the expected day, the period of protection before childbirth is shortened or extended accordingly. Team members may choose to opt-out of the six-week maternity protection period before their due date. This declaration can be revoked at any time with effect for the future.
The Maternity Protection period after the delivery is 8 weeks following the birth (or 12 weeks in case of multiple or premature birth and if the child is medically diagnosed with a disability within the meaning of sec. 2 para. 1 sentence 1 of Book 9 of the Social Code (Neuntes Buch Sozialgesetzbuch) before the end of eight weeks after delivery). Team members may not opt-out of the maternity protection period following childbirth. In case of premature delivery, the period of protection after delivery is extended by the period of reduction of the period of protection before delivery; if the child has been diagnosed with a disability in the sense described above, the period of protection after delivery is extended only if the woman applies for it. The team member will receive full payment during this period. GitLab may receive reimbursement of these payments from the team member's health insurance carrier. Please notify Total Rewards your health insurance carrier name and your insurance number.
Under the Maternity Protection Act, a breastfeeding woman may request time off during the first 12 months after delivery for the time necessary for breastfeeding, but at least twice a day for half an hour or once a day for one hour; the woman retains the wage claim against the employer during the period of breastfeeding.
Parental Leave: All team members who are or become parents are entitled to take up to three years of Parental Leave.
Regardless of the length of service, under German law employees may take up to three years of parental leave following the child’s birth, adoption or foster care placement. The entitlement is valid until a child reaches the age of three years. A period of up to 24 months may be taken between the child's third birthday and the completion of his or her eighth year of life. The parental leave can be distributed over three time periods, without approval of the employer. Distribution over further periods is possible only with the employer's consent.
In case a woman takes parental leave subsequently to the child’s birth, the period of maternity leave is credited for the parental leave. For expecting mothers, they may take the Maternity Protection period followed by Parental Leave. GitLab will provide full Parental Leave pay (provided the team member meets the eligibility criteria) for up to 16 weeks of the total leave (including the Maternity Protection period). The team member may apply for state benefits for the remainder of their Parental Leave.
Maternity Leave Payment
If you are a member of the statutory health insurance, you are entitled to a maximum maternity allowance of 13 euros per day during the Maternity Protection Period. GitLab will supplement your pay so that you receive 100% of your salary for the duration of the Maternity Protection Period.
If you are privately insured and receive a daily sickness allowance during the Maternity Protection Period, GitLab will supplement your pay so that you receive 100% of your salary for the duration of the Maternity Protection Period.
If you are privately insured and will not receive a daily sickness allowance, you may qualify for a one-time payment of up to 210 euros from the Federal Social Security Office. GitLab will supplement your pay so that you receive 100% of your salary for the duration of the Maternity Protection Period.
GitLab may receive reimbursement of these payments from the team member's health insurance carrier. Please provide Total Rewards with the name of your insurance provider and Versichertennummer (insurance number).
Total Rewards will then send payroll the team member's insurance details.
If eligible, paid Parental Leave at GitLab will start from the beginning of the Maternity Protection Period and run concurrently with any statutory allowances, if applicable.
If you wish to take Parental Leave directly after your Maternity Protection Period ends, you may do so. If eligible, GitLab will pay up to 16 weeks of your total leave (including Maternity Protection), the rest will be unpaid.
Parental Leave Payment
Eligible team members may receive government-funded Parental Leave Pay (Basiselterngeld, EltengeldPlus or Partnerschaftsbonus. Parents are generally entitled to a monthly parental allowance paid by the German state for the maximum of in total 14 months. The allowance is granted for the time between the child’s birth and completion of the 14th month of life. The total amount of parental allowance months can be split up between the parents or taken by only one parent. The allowance’s amount is 67% of the income from employment before childbirth, but at least EUR 300 and a maximum of EUR 1,800. There is no entitlement to parental allowance in the case of foster children. Team members can find further information on parental leave benefits via the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.
If eligible, GitLab will supplement your pay to ensure you receive 100% pay for up to 16 weeks of your leave.
Please notify Total Rewards what state benefit you will be applying for and how much you will be receiving.
Applying for Parental Leave in Germany
Team members must register their parental leave, in writing (wet signature), 7 weeks before the desired start date if your child is under 3 years old, and 13 weeks prior to the desired start date if your child is between 3 and 8 years old. At the same time it must be declared for which periods within two years parental leave is to be taken.
A request for parental leave by facsimile or email does not comply with the written form requirement and is therefore void.
Please register your leave, in addition to the written application, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and selecting the
Parental Leave option in PTO by Roots.
Please familiarize yourself with GitLab's Parental Leave policy.
Part-time work during parental leave
During the parental leave, employees are statutorily entitled to part-time work (15 to 30 hours per week) provided that the employer usually employs more than 15 employees, the employment relationship exists for at least six months, the reduction is not opposed by urgent operational reasons and the employee has submitted the request in writing (wet signature, see above) seven weeks for the period up to the child’s third birthday and 13 weeks for the period between the child’s third birthday and the completion of his or her eighth year of life before the start of the part-time work. The request must include the start and scope of the reduced working hours.
For expecting fathers, team members will need to apply for a state benefit (Basiselterngeld, ElterngeldPlus or Partnerschaftsbonus). If a team member is eligible for Parental Leave, GitLab will supplement Parental Leave pay for up to 16 weeks of Parental Leave. Please notify Total Rewards which state benefit you are applying for and how much you will be receiving so that payroll can process the appropriate supplementary amount. Team members can find further information on parental leave benefits via the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.
Team members are entitled to at least 20 vacation days which run concurrently with GitLab PTO. The days will accrue from the start date. In general, team members must take their annual vacation days during the calendar year, otherwise it is forfeited. However, unused vacation days can be carried forward until the 31st of March of the next calendar year if the team member was unable to take the holiday due to operational or personal reasons. Team members must designate all vacation time taken as
Vacation in PTO by Roots to ensure that vacation entitlement is properly tracked.
Team members are entitled to 100% of their salary to be paid by GitLab for the first six weeks if they are unable to work due to an illness. This runs concurrently with GitLab PTO. Team members should select
Out Sick in PTO by Roots to initiate leave. Team members must also submit a medical certificate by the third day of absence.
If the team member is sick for more than six weeks, they can apply for "Krankengeld" from their health insurer. The benefit amount will be less that the team member's salary.
During the COVID-19 Pandemic, per German labor law, team members are required to present a doctor's certificate if they need to take more than 3+ consecutive sick days. We encourage all team members to meet with a virtual doctor for the certificate to avoid the need to leave home. The team member will send doctor's note to Total Rewards at email@example.com. Total Rewards will file this in their BambooHR profile and forward to Payroll for processing.