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Parental Leave & Working Hours

Employees of TU Ilmenau can go back to work after maternity or parental leave in different ways. Possible options are working from home (also telework) and flexible working hours.

Parental Leave

Parental Leave

Both the mother and father are entitled to take parental leave. For the mother, however, parental leave starts at the end of maternity leave, which is eight weeks after childbirth. The right to take parental leave is there until the child is three years old. It can also be taken in sets of up to twelve months each in between the third and eight birthday of the child.

The parental leave must be requested to the employer in writing seven weeks prior to the planned start of parental leave. As part of the registration process, parents must declare the first two years of parental leave to the employer.

During the parental leave period, parents can take up a part-time job up to 30 hours per week. If both parents are simultaneously on parental leave, they can work part time up to 60 hours per week in total (30 + 30). This is done so that they have an opportunity to earn for the family during this phase.

Furthermore, the employers are prohibited from terminating the employees’ work contracts from the time of registration and also during parental leave.

Your contact person

TU Ilmenau
Department of Personnel Affairs

Your Advisor
House G, 3rd floor
Contact details can be found here

Further information

  • Department of personnel affairs: Information and forms for registration or changing parental leave period Link
  • Notification of Pregnancy of TU Ilmenau Link
  • Parental leave application of TU Ilmenau Link
  • Leaflet on Maternity Protection of TU Ilmenau Link
  • Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth Link

Alternating Tele- and Homework


The TU Ilmenau aims to make work organisation meaningfully spatial and flexible time-wise. With alternating tele- and homework, more alternatives are now added to the existing form of work organisation, whose functions are primarily found under the consideration of family policy and health aspects. This gives employees the opportunity to improve the relationship between having a family and working. The agreement supports the action of TU Ilmenau of implementing the initiative of a “family-friendly university” and thus also portraying the campus family as a symbol of belonging, responsibility and well-being for all its members.


Working from home is only feasible if the employee works during his/her individual daily working hours outside the workplace (usually at home) and also sometimes at workplace (TU Ilmenau). The employee will not lose his/her place in the company; His/her status in the company will not be affected in any way. In terms of teleworking, a computer-supported communication link to TU Ilmenau is required, whereas in homework, it is not necessary. Participation on tele-/homework is done on a voluntary basis based on the application made by the employees.


Basically, working from home is only possible when it is compatible with official interests. This may also only be done if the employees have already worked at TU Ilmenau for at least 6 months. Trainees are not allowed to partake in this alternative working option. This alternative is usually offered to employees with special family and health conditions (such as parental leave, disabilities, illness, taking care of relatives). More detailed information can be seen in the service agreement.


Content & Goals

The service agreement about working hours is an instrument for largely independent and autonomous organisation of work and service at TU Ilmenau. Through active time management, official and individual needs can be adjusted with one another. This gives the employees more personal freedom and opens up design possibilities for improving compatibility of work, family life and leisure, Flexitime should give the employees the opportunity to individually determine what time they start or end their work, including the breaks in between, and also their work requirements.


Every full-time employee can start working from 6 a.m. till 8 a.m. and stop between 3 p.m. (on Friday at 11.15 a.m.) till 9 p.m. The core hours of the flexitime are defined as follows:

  • Monday to Thursday: 8 a.m. – 11.15 a.m. and 1.15 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. – 11.15 a.m. (minimum attendance of 4 hours)

Attendance is mandatory within the core hours, as long as absence is not authorized or justified due to illness.