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Apply for seasonal short-time allowance


If your construction company cannot carry out its work due to snowfall, for example, seasonal short-time allowance can partially compensate for the loss of pay. It is intended to relieve the burden on your company and help preserve jobs.

Seasonal short-time allowance is limited to companies in the

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

You can only receive the benefit during the so-called bad weather period from December to March.

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

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

The specific amount of seasonal short-time allowance depends on the respective income of your employees and the actual loss of work/earnings during the seasonal short-time allowance:

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

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

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

As an employer, you initially make advance payments when paying wages and salaries to your employees. The short-time allowance is settled monthly in arrears with the Federal Employment Agency at the payroll office and paid to you retroactively.

Seasonal short-time allowance can be applied for in the event of temporary and unavoidable loss of working hours

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

Operational requirements:

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

Personal requirements:

  • You have employees subject to social insurance contributions who have not been dismissed and with whom no termination agreement has been concluded.
  • Application for seasonal short-time allowance (S-Kug) and supplementary benefits
  • Settlement List for Seasonal Short-Time Allowance (S-Kug) and Supplementary Benefits - Attachment to Application for Benefits

Forms available: Yes
Written form required: Yes
Informal application possible: No
Personal appearance required: No
Online services available: Yes

You can apply for seasonal short-time allowance in writing or online. However, you can also use KEA (accept short-time allowance documents electronically) if applicable.

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

  • You calculate monthly wage and salary payments and seasonal short-time allowance.
  • You pay the wages and salaries for hours worked and the seasonal short-time allowance for hours lost to your employees and pay the social security contributions.
  • You apply for reimbursement of the seasonal short-time allowance retroactively each month to the relevant employment agency (application for seasonal short-time allowance and payroll list).
  • The Employment Agency will review your application and the payroll list. If your application is approved, you will receive the seasonal short-time allowance. You will receive a written notification of this.
  • After the end of the seasonal short-time working period, the Employment Agency will check the accounts you have submitted as part of a final audit and, if necessary, correct the approved seasonal short-time allowance.

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

  • Access the "eServices" portal on the Federal Employment Agency's website.
  • Log in with your user ID and call up the application for seasonal short-time allowance.
  • Fill out the application, upload the payroll list and submit the application.
  • The Employment Agency will review your application and documents. You will receive a decision on your application from the Employment Agency.
  • The remaining steps of the procedure are the same as the written procedure.

If you want to use KEA for the application for seasonal short-time allowance and the corresponding payroll list:

  • You will need certified payroll software that supports submission using KEA.
  • In this case, you can transmit your application for seasonal short-time allowance and the associated payroll list fully digitized and securely from your payroll software to the Employment Agency.

Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS)

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