BEM Coordination Office – Return-to-Work Program at RWTH


in accordance with Section 167, Paragraph 2, Social Code IX

BEM Coordination Officer Susanne Brütting-Behrens is happy to provide you with information about BEM opportunities during an initial appointment.



The return-to-work program, part of every employer's duty of care for employees who have fallen ill, is a service for all staff members who were either ill and unable to work for six weeks without interruption or repeatedly within the last 12 months.


BEM focuses on mutually clarifying:

  • how the inability to work can be overcome,
  • and avoided in the future, and
  • how the ability to work can be maintained long term.

The goal is to maintain and protect the workplace!

In order to present the BEM process and answer questions, we are also happy to visit institutes or departments at the University.


Voluntary Program

BEM is only conducted with the affected employee's consent. It is completely voluntary, and all those involved in BEM are bound by a confidentiality agreement.