In view of the ongoing corona crisis, the federal government has again extended the simplified rules for the payment of short-time working allowances for another three months until March 31 of next year. According to the Federal Ministry of Labour, the extension is intended to ensure that employment relationships are also stabilised in the first quarter of 2022 and unemployment and insolvencies are prevented.
The Ordinance on the Extension of Short-Time Working Allowances (Kurzarbeitergeldverlängerungsverordnung - KugverlV) extends until the end of March 2022 the possibility of being able to use the maximum entitlement period for short-time working allowances of up to 24 months. This extension applies to businesses that have not exhausted the maximum entitlement period by the end of 2021. In the new year, they would then have the option of continuing to make use of the extension of the entitlement period.
In addition, the relief and special regulations for the payment of short-time working allowances will be extended for the same period.
The previous full reimbursement of social security contributions will be reduced by half.
The amendments shall enter into force with effect from 1 January 2022.
Employers are reimbursed a further 50 per cent of social security contributions if their employees take part in continuing vocational training and education during short-time work, which is subsidised under certain conditions. In addition, the costs for these continuing vocational training and education courses can be reimbursed in full or in part, depending on the size of the company.