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Source: BUS Sachsen-Anhalt (Linie6PLus)

Apply for a short-time compensation benefit

Description

If you lose your work in the mining industry through no fault of your own, for example due to a reduction in operations, the Short-Population Compensation (KAL) can support you financially.

The KAL helps older miners affected by the difficult labour market situation until the beginning of the old-age pension. You will receive the KAL until you move to another pension and up to the maximum age limit.

The amount of your KAL is calculated in the same way as the pension for full disability. However, there are the following features:

  • Only your entitlements from the short-term pension insurance are taken into account. If you have acquired other entitlements in general pension insurance, for example by working outside mining, these do not count. The contributions you pay to the general pension insurance are only taken into account in a later pension, for example in the case of the old-age pension.
  • Performance surcharges for continuous work underground are also not taken into account.
  • In contrast to the calculation of a disability pension, the KAL does not include an attribution period.

Your pension amount at KAL is therefore only determined by the proportion that your entitlements from the scarce pension insurance account for.

As a KAL recipient, it is beneficial for you to receive your old-age pension at the earliest possible time. In contrast to the KAL,

  • the performance surcharge for continuous work underground and
  • entitlements from general pension insurance.

The time during which you receive KAL is taken into account as a credit period in the pension. This will give you more pension. The following old-age pensions are possible after a KAL:

  • the old-age pension for miners employed underground for many years,
  • the old-age pension for severely disabled people,
  • the old-age pension for long-term insured persons,
  • the standard old-age pension or
  • the old-age pension for particularly long-term insured persons.

Which old-age pension is eligible for you after the KAL depends on which eligibility requirements you meet. The Knappschaft-Bahn-See advises you on this.

When you receive the KAL,

  • you can earn up to 6,300 euros. A partial payment as in the case of old-age pensions is excluded.
  • you cannot receive unemployment benefit I or unemployment benefit II during this period.

If you start re-employment in a scarce company, you will no longer be able to get A KAL. This applies no matter how much you earn.

If you have lost your work in mining, you can receive a scarcity compensation (KAL) under certain conditions.

You can apply for the Knappschaftscompensation (KAL) in writing, in person or online.

Written pension application:

  • Download the application form for the short-term compensation benefit on the website of the German Pension Insurance. Complete the form in full and compile the required documents.
  • You can submit your completed and signed application with the required documents either
    • send by post to the Knappschaft-Bahn-See or
    • in one of the local counselling centres.
  • When your pension application has arrived, you will receive an acknowledgement of receipt.
  • The Knappschaft-Bahn-See examines the request for completeness and requests missing documents if necessary.
  • The Knappschaft-Bahn-See checks the requirements for your pension entitlement and your insurance history for completeness. If necessary, it clarifies gaps in the insurance history.
  • The Knappschaft-Bahn-See clarifies other issues, such as your health insurance relationship, whether you earn an accident pension or receive an accident pension.
  • If you are entitled to the KAL at the desired retirement date, you will receive a pension notice with information on the start, the start of the current payment and the amount. You will also be informed of your rights and obligations.
  • If you are not entitled to the KAL at the desired retirement date, you will receive a rejection notice with the reason for the rejection.

Pension application via online procedure:

  • Go to the online portal of the German Pension Insurance and register. You can use your signature card, your identity card with electronic proof of identity or your electronic residence permit.
  • Fill in the form for the short-stay compensation service and upload the necessary documents. Then submit your pension application online.
  • When your pension application has arrived, you will receive an acknowledgement of receipt.
  • The Knappschaft-Bahn-See examines the request for completeness and requests missing documents if necessary.
  • The Knappschaft-Bahn-See checks the requirements for your pension entitlement and your insurance history for completeness. If necessary, it clarifies gaps in the insurance history.
  • The Knappschaft-Bahn-See clarifies other issues, such as your health insurance relationship, whether you earn an accident pension or receive an accident pension.
  • If you are entitled to the KAL at the desired retirement date, you will receive a pension notice with information on the start, the start of the current payment and the amount. You will also be informed of your rights and obligations.
  • If you are not entitled to the KAL at the desired retirement date, you will receive a rejection notice with the reason for the rejection.

Personal application in consultation:

  • Compile the required documents for the application and make an appointment at an information and advice centre of the German Pension Insurance.
  • In the consultation, your application is usually recorded electronically and forwarded online.
  • When your pension application has arrived, you will receive an acknowledgement of receipt.
  • The Knappschaft-Bahn-See examines the request for completeness and requests missing documents if necessary.
  • The Knappschaft-Bahn-See checks the requirements for pension entitlement and your insurance history for completeness. If necessary, it clarifies gaps in the insurance history.
  • The Knappschaft-Bahn-See clarifies other issues, such as your health insurance relationship, whether you earn an accident pension or receive an accident pension.
  • If you are entitled to the KAL at the desired retirement date, you will receive a pension notice with information on the start, the start of the current payment and the amount. You will also be informed of your rights and obligations.
  • If you are not entitled to the KAL at the desired retirement date, you will receive a rejection notice with the reason for the rejection.
  • The application can also be made for you by a person of your trust. Please submit a corresponding power of attorney to the Knappschaft-Bahn-See. As long as the power of attorney applies, the Knappschaft-Bahn-See is addressed exclusively to your authorized person.

    Contact persons on site can be found via the information and advice centre finder of the German Pension Insurance.

    Phone: 0800 1000-4800 (toll free)
    Service hours:
    Monday to Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Information and Advice Centre Finder of the German Pension InsuranceInformation about the service telephone for deaf and hearing impaired people on the website of the German Pension Insurance
    • You are at least 55 years old.

    Either you have:

    • an insurance period of at least 25 years with permanent work underground

    or you have:

    • an insurance period of at least 25 years for short-term pension insurance,
    • employed underground, and
    • the most recent work carried out underground for health reasons.

    In addition, you must have been terminated through no fault of your own, for example because of

    • Operating restriction,
    • Dismissal due to decommissioning,
    • Merging of holdings or
    • other rationalisation measures.

    Exception: You can also voluntarily leave the scarce company if you

    • have completed an insurance period of 25 years with continuous work underground, and
    • after 31 December 1971 you had to change your working days underground for health reasons (decreased professional capacity in mining).

    If you have received adjustment money, these periods are included in the insurance period. To do so, you must have last worked underground before receiving the adjustment allowance.

    • valid identity card or passport
    • Evidence not included in the insurance history, for example:
      • Set-off certificates
      • Evidence of training periods
      • Evidence of unemployment
      • Evidence of sick leave
    • if another person makes the request:
      • Power of attorney or
      • Order of the General Court.

    If you have submitted your pension application in good time, you will receive your KAL at the earliest on the first day of the month at the beginning of which all eligibility requirements are met.

    If you submit your pension application later than 3 months after the end of the month in which all eligibility requirements are met, you will receive your KAL from the first day of the application.

    about 3 months

    It is advisable to submit your pension application approximately 3 months before the desired start of the KAL.

    Section 239 Sixth Book of the Social Code (SGB VI)

    Forms: yes

    Online procedure possible: yes

    Written form required: yes

    Personal appearance necessary: no

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    Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

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