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Deadline for the submission of notices for the employment of disabled persons extended until 30 June 2020

Employers now have until 30 June 2020 to submit notices for the employment of disabled persons. The same applies to the payment of compensatory levies.
24 Mar 2020 | Press Release No. 16

In light of the current situation, the Federal Employment Agency (BA) and the Integration and Inclusion Offices are working together to support employers with the submission of notices for the employment of disabled persons.

The BA and the Integration and Inclusion Offices will accept notices for 2019 that are submitted after 31 March 2020 (until 30 June 2020 at the latest). The same applies to the payment of compensatory levies.

This means the BA will not open any administrative offence proceedings due to late submission until the new deadline, and the Integration and Inclusion Offices will not impose any penalties for late payment for the period from 1 April to 30 June 2020.

This will not affect the employment of disabled people, who will continue to enjoy equal opportunities.

Employers with an average of at least 20 employees are legally obliged to fill at least 5% of their positions with disabled persons. In order to check whether these employment obligations have been met, employers must report their employment data to the Agentur für Arbeit by 31 March 2020. If the employment quota has not been satisfied, employers must pay a compensatory levy to the Integration and Inclusion Offices by the same date.

Due to the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, many employers are currently dealing with many different issues, such as the closure of facilities / operations, disruptions in the supply chain and employees working from home. These adversities are making it difficult to report employment data on time and pay the compensatory levies stipulated in Book Nine of the German Social Security Code (SGB IX).

In light of the current situation caused by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the BA and the Integration and Inclusion Offices will accept notices for 2019 that are submitted after 31 March 2020 (until 30 June 2020 at the latest). The same applies to the payment of compensatory levies. If a notice is submitted by 30 June 2020, no administrative offence proceedings will be opened for failure to report last year’s employment data by 31 March 2020. Likewise, the Integration and Inclusion Offices will not impose any penalties for late payment if last year’s employment data is reported by 30 June 2020. This will not affect the employment of people with disabilities.

 

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