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Apply for seasonal short-time working allowance

Description

If your construction company is unable to carry out its work due to snowfall, seasonal short-time working allowance can partially compensate for the loss of pay. It is intended to relieve your company and help to preserve jobs.

The seasonal short-time working allowance is limited to companies

  • of the construction industry,
  • the scaffolding trade,
  • the roofing trade and
  • of gardening and landscaping.

You can only receive the benefit in the so-called bad weather period from December to March. In companies of the scaffolding trade, the bad weather season begins in November and ends in March. This regulation for the scaffolding trade is currently valid for a limited period until 31.3.2021.

As an employer, you must apply, pay out and settle the seasonal short-time working allowance. Your employees don't have to do anything.

Seasonal short-time working can be introduced for your entire company or limited to individual departments.

How high the seasonal short-time working allowance is in concrete terms depends on the respective income of your employees and the actual loss of work/earnings during the seasonal short-time work:

  • 60 percent of the lost net wage for employees without a child in the household
  • 67 percent of the lost net wage for employees with at least one child in the household.

In addition to the seasonal short-time working allowance, you can apply for supplementary benefits for your employees, such as the reimbursement of social security contributions.

In principle, you receive the seasonal short-time working allowance from the first hour of absence.

As an employer, you first pay wages and salaries to your employees in advance. The short-time working allowance is subsequently settled monthly with the Federal Employment Agency at the seat of the payroll office and paid to you retroactively.

Temporary changes to the regulations for the (seasonal) short-time working allowance are possible.

For example, due to the corona crisis, the regulations on short-time working allowances were temporarily changed. The changes concern, among other things, the introduction of minus hours, the crediting of income from secondary employment and a gradual increase in short-time working allowance. You can find out more on the website of the Federal Employment Agency.

If your company belongs to the construction industry or an equivalent company and you have work absences during the so-called bad weather period, you can partially compensate for the loss of earnings of your employees by means of seasonal short-time working allowance.

You can apply for seasonal short-time working allowance in writing or online.

If you want to apply for the seasonal short-time working allowance in writing:

  • They calculate the wage and salary payments as well as the seasonal short-time working allowance on a monthly basis.
  • You pay the salary for hours worked and the seasonal short-time working allowance for lost hours to your employees and pay the social security contributions.
  • You apply monthly retroactively for the reimbursement of the seasonal short-time working allowance at the responsible employment agency (application for seasonal short-time working allowance and billing list).
  • The Employment Agency will review your application and billing list. If your application is approved, you will receive the seasonal short-time working allowance. You will receive a written notification.
  • After completion of the seasonal short-time work, the Employment Agency checks your submitted statements as part of a final examination and, if necessary, corrects the approved seasonal short-time working allowance.

If you want to apply for the seasonal short-time working allowance online:

  • Go to the "eServices" portal on the website of the Federal Employment Agency.
  • Log in with your user ID and call up the application for seasonal short-time working allowance.
  • Complete the application, upload the billing list and submit the application.
  • The Employment Agency will review your application and documents. You will receive a notification of the decision on your application from the Employment Agency.
  • The remaining procedural steps correspond to the written procedure.

The seasonal short-time working allowance can be applied for in the event of temporary and unavoidable loss of work

  • for economic reasons, or
  • for weather-related reasons, or
  • as a result of an unavoidable event.

Operational requirements:

  • Your company belongs to the construction industry, scaffolding, roofing trade or gardening and landscaping.
  • Your company or the operations department employs at least 1 employee.

Personal requirements:

  • You have employees subject to social security contributions who have not been dismissed and with whom no termination agreement has been concluded

Billing list for seasonal short-time working allowance and supplementary benefits – attachment to the benefit application

You must apply for seasonal short-time working allowance within 3 months of the end of the calendar month for which you wish to apply for seasonal short-time working allowance.

The application is usually processed within 15 working days.

In the event of exceptional developments on the labour market (such as the spread of the coronavirus), the Federal Government or the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs may temporarily adapt the provisions on short-time working allowance by ordinance.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

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