What is an A1 secondment certificate?
The A1 certificate on the applicable social security legislation is considered evidence that, in the case of secondments of staff to other countries, the legislation of the sending State continues to apply and therefore the legislation of the receiving State of employment does not apply. The A1 certificate is regarded evidence of an existing health -, care -, pension – and accident insurance.
When is the A1 certificate required?
The certificate becomes necessary if you need to cross borders to carry out your work.
Are there exceptions for business trips?
Any temporary employment abroad is a secondment, therefore the regulation also applies to your business trip to another EU Member State.
What happens if the A1 certificate of posting is not carried?
If you cannot prove the availability of an A1 certificate, one could assume uninsured work, which in some Member States can result in a fine or refusal of access to company premises.
German employers must submit the A1 certificate to the relevant social insurance institution as part of the A1 electronic application and certification procedure via a system-certified payroll accounting programme or with the aid of a machine-generated filling aid.
Employees of the Dresden University of Technology can apply for the form via theirs in the central university administration. Employees of other universities should contact their own university management/ head of the International Office for information on the procedure.