Seasonal short-time allowance; application

If your company belongs to the construction industry or an equivalent company and you have work stoppages during the so-called bad weather period, you can partially compensate for the loss of earnings of your employees with seasonal short-time allowance.

Description

Prerequisites

Seasonal short-time allowance can be applied for in the event of temporary and unavoidable loss of working hours

  • for economic reasons or
  • for weather-related reasons or
  • as a result of an unavoidable event.

Operational requirements:

  • Your business belongs to the construction trade, scaffolding trade, roofing trade or gardening and landscaping trade.
  • Your business or business department employs at least 1 employee.

Personal requirements:

  • You have employees subject to social insurance contributions who have not been dismissed and with whom no termination agreement has been concluded.

Procedure

You can apply for seasonal short-time allowance in writing or online. However, you can also use KEA (accept short-time allowance documents electronically) if applicable.

If you want to apply for seasonal short-time allowance in writing:

  • You calculate monthly wage and salary payments and seasonal short-time allowance.
  • You pay the wages and salaries for hours worked and the seasonal short-time allowance for hours lost to your employees and pay the social security contributions.
  • You apply for reimbursement of the seasonal short-time allowance retroactively each month to the relevant employment agency (application for seasonal short-time allowance and payroll list).
  • The Employment Agency will review your application and the payroll list. If your application is approved, you will receive the seasonal short-time allowance. You will receive a written notification of this.
  • After the end of the seasonal short-time working period, the Employment Agency will check the accounts you have submitted as part of a final audit and, if necessary, correct the approved seasonal short-time allowance.

If you want to apply for seasonal short-time allowance online:

  • Access the "eServices" portal on the Federal Employment Agency's website.
  • Log in with your user ID and call up the application for seasonal short-time allowance.
  • Fill out the application, upload the payroll list and submit the application.
  • The Employment Agency will review your application and documents. You will receive a decision on your application from the Employment Agency.
  • The remaining steps of the procedure are the same as the written procedure.

If you want to use KEA for the application for seasonal short-time allowance and the corresponding payroll list:

  • You will need certified payroll software that supports submission using KEA.
  • In this case, you can transmit your application for seasonal short-time allowance and the associated payroll list fully digitized and securely from your payroll software to the Employment Agency.

Special notes

In the event of extraordinary developments on the labor market (such as those resulting from the spread of the coronavirus), the federal government or the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs may temporarily adjust the regulations on short-time allowance by decree.

Deadlines

You must apply for seasonal short-time allowance within 3 months of the end of the calendar month for which you wish to claim seasonal short-time allowance.

Processing time

The notification/request is usually processed within 15 working days. (0 to 15 working days)

Required documents

  • Required Documents

    • Application for seasonal short-time allowance (S-Kug) and supplementary benefits
    • Settlement List for Seasonal Short-Time Allowance (S-Kug) and Supplementary Benefits - Attachment to the Application for Benefits

Forms

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Saison-Kurzarbeitergeld und ergänzende Leistungen
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Abrechnungsliste für Saison-Kurzarbeitergeld und ergänzende Leistungen - Anlage zum Leistungsantrag
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

Online procedures

Fees

  • Fee: none

Remedy

  • Objection
  • Action before the social court

Status:07.08.2023

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