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Source: DGB – BundesvorstandPM 068 – 18.11.2020 Employment Security Act – Security and Orientation in Times of Crisis The Employment Security Act aims to extend the simplified conditions for receiving short-time work allowance (KUG), the duration of benefits and the increase to up to 87 percent. As before, social security contributions should continue to be reimbursed until the end of 2021. Regarding the upcoming resolution of the law in the Bundestag on Thursday, Anja Piel, DGB board member, said: “In times of crisis, employees and employers need security and orientation so that jobs can be preserved and unemployment prevented. With the Employment Protection Act, the federal government has set the right course for this. Thanks to the extended rules on short-time work benefits and social security contributions, companies remain flexible and can largely retain jobs despite the difficult times. A milestone are the simplified rules and targeted incentives to use the short-time work period for further training. The unions had campaigned vigorously and successfully for this, because structural change is continuing despite the crisis. In the crisis, employees once again need the opportunity to get fit for the work of the future. With the law, they can now even continue their career-oriented training, for example to become a master craftsman, technician or business economist. Employers and employees must now take advantage of these offers. Another new feature is that companies and trade unions can now make agreements with the aim of maintaining jobs, which also include reducing working hours, without the employees having to accept deductions from unemployment benefits if they nevertheless lose their jobs. This is a good regulation that offers real opportunities. “




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