Updated Regulations for Working from Home

October 29th, 2020 | by

Out of concern for all university members, University management, in consultation with the Crisis Management Team of RWTH Aachen University, has agreed to put further regulations in place. In light of the recent surge in incidences of COVID-19 in Germany, we must strive to keep the risk of infection at RWTH as low as possible, while still ensuring that the university can continue to operate. Limited face-to-face contact between employees can be achieved in the following manner:

  • All employees (including student and research assistants) for whom the type of work makes it possible are to be allowed to work remotely from home. If employees request to work from home, this must be approved for work that can be carried out at home.
  • Work on campus is only allowed at workplaces that have been approved in minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infection (risk assessment). The Occupational and Radiation Protection Staff Unit and the University Medical Center will be happy to assist you with any technical questions you might have about preparing a risk assessment.
  • For those employees who do come to work on campus (including student and research assistants), as few of them as possible should be in the buildings/rooms at the same time to avoid any unnecessary face-to-face contact. Employees and their superiors can arrange flexible working hours for any period between 6 am and 8 pm.
  • Combinations of working from home and on campus are possible. For example, work that must be carried out in person on campus could be accomplished in the morning and other tasks could be worked on at home in the afternoon.

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