"Extension of the short-time working benefits saves jobs"

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The extension of the short-time working benefits meets an important requirement of the VDMA, which will provide noticeable relief and planning security for small and medium-sized companies.

The Federal Ministry of Labour has extended the period for which short-time work benefits are paid to up to 21 months. VDMA Executive Director Thilo Brodtmann comments:

"The extension of the short-time working benefits meets an important demand of the VDMA, which will provide noticeable relief and planning security for our medium-sized companies. The minister has saved thousands of jobs for the time being with this statutory order. Especially companies in the automotive value-added chain had to send employees on short-time work even before the corona crisis began. Whether the extension to 21 months will be sufficient also  depends on the course of the corona pandemic, but an important step has now been taken".

"Whether the extension to 21 months is sufficient will also depend on the course of the corona pandemic, but an important step has now been taken".

The ordinance of the Minister of Labour was published today in the Federal Gazette and is thus in force. It states that the period for which employees are entitlement to get short-time working benefits will be extended to up to 21 months, but no longer than December 31, 2020 – even if their claim was already made until December 31, 2019.