Flexible Kurzarbeit scheme extended with relaxed conditions
Germany is set to extend the Kurzarbeit (“Short-Time Work”) furlough scheme that protects businesses and jobs to the end of next year. To date, companies have signed up almost 12 million workers to the scheme, designed to protect jobs from the Coronavirus crisis lockdown (around six million employees have in fact utilized the scheme, with the remainder able to continue working unaffected).
The move, designed to safeguard jobs as the economy starts a gradual process of recovery, sees the relaxed short-time work conditions extended through to the end of 2021.
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