Working Remotely in Germany

What are the rules and regulations that companies have to follow when their team members work remotely in Germany?

Overview on remote work regulations in Germany

Even in times of a pandemic, the employer may not forcibly use the employee's private living space as office space. However, according to the regulation in section 28 b para. 4 German Infection Protection Act, employees now have a legal obligation to switch to a home office unless there are reasons to the contrary.

Reasons that speak against this can be, for example, spatial confinement, poor internet connection or interference by third parties.


  • EUR 600

Recommended allowances

  • Electricity
  • Equipment for home office

Additional allowances

  • Home internet
For more details about remote working regulations in countries around the world check out our remote work regulations guide.

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