If your construction company cannot carry out its work due to snowfall, for example, seasonal short-time allowance can partially compensate for the loss of pay. It is intended to relieve the burden on your company and help preserve jobs.
Seasonal short-time allowance is limited to companies in the
- in the construction industry,
- the scaffolding trade,
- the roofing trade and
- gardening and landscaping.
You can only receive the benefit during the so-called bad weather period from December to March.
As an employer, you must apply for, pay and settle the seasonal short-time allowance. Your employees don't have to do anything.
Seasonal short-time work can be introduced for your entire business or limited to individual departments.
The specific amount of seasonal short-time allowance depends on the respective income of your employees and the actual loss of work/earnings during the seasonal short-time allowance:
- 60 percent of the net lost wages for employees without a child in the household
- 67 percent of the lost net wages for employees with at least one child in the household.
In addition to seasonal short-time allowance, you can apply for supplementary benefits for your employees, such as reimbursement of social security contributions.
In principle, you receive the seasonal short-time allowance from the first hour of absence.
As an employer, you initially make advance payments when paying wages and salaries to your employees. The short-time allowance is settled monthly in arrears with the Federal Employment Agency at the payroll office and paid to you retroactively.