Special regulations on short-time working benefit extended again until the end of December

The Federal Government has passed a resolution for the extension of the facilitations of access for the receipt of short-time working benefit up to the end of the year.

26 Sep 2022 | Press release no.40

Up to 31 December 2022, it will continue to be sufficient if at least 10 percent of the employees in businesses have a loss of working hours of more than
10 percent. In addition, the building up of negative working hours balances will be dispensed with. These facilitations of access also cover businesses which from
1 October 2022 have to register short-time work for the first time or have to re-register short-time work after an interruption of at least three months.

The following remains unchanged: The social insurance contributions for the lost working hours will be reimbursed at a rate of 50% up to July 2023 at the latest, if the short-time working is combined with occupational further training that meets certain conditions.

The most important information on short-term working benefit and on eligibility during short-time working is compiled on the sites of the Federal Employment Agency:

Corona virus: Information for companies regarding short-time allowance (Available in German)

Support for further training (Available in German)

Overview of the regulations in general

 Most recent time limit: up to 30 June 2022From 1 July 2022
Benefit durationUp to 28 months, until 30 June 2022 at the latest.Up to 12 months
Benefit amount

From the 4th month of benefit:
70/77* percent of the lost net wages if there is a loss of wages at least 50 percent

From the 7th month of benefit:
80/87* percent of the lost net wages if there is a loss of wages of at least 50 percent

*Employees with at least 1 child

60/67* percent of the lost net wages

*Employees with at least 1 child

Mini-jobAdditional earnings from minor employment remain exemptAdditional earnings from minor employment that is commenced during short-time working is not exempt
Temporary workersReceipt of short-time working benefit possibleReceipt of short-time working benefit no longer possible