Its scientists are also subject to the collective agreements of the TVöD. Notwithstanding other agreements between the department and the teacher during the leave, the continued employment of a teacher shall be determined in accordance with Article 19 – dismissal procedure. (g) supplementary maternity benefits may be granted to female teachers, provided that an agreement satisfactory to both parties can be concluded between the department and the teacher. The new four-year agreement includes general wage increases each year, market adjustments during the first 2 years of the agreement, benefit improvements and a job security clause for the duration of the agreement. The agreement covers the period from 18 September 2016 to 26 September 2020.