Companies that introduce short-time work for the first time by 30 June, and companies that re-introduce short-time work after a three month break are eligible for easier access to short-time work allowance until 31 December 2021. The provisions have hitherto applied only to companies that introduced short-time work by 31 March 2021.
The following provisions remain in place:
With this regulation, the German government has given affected companies and their workforce a secure basis on which to plan. The aim is not to jeopardise achievements to date in avoiding unemployment.
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