Kurzarbeit Scheme

Amid the all-round disruption caused to the economy by the novel coronavirus outbreak, various governments have unveiled various measures to address such concerns, and one of the most talked about is Germany’s Kurzarbeit scheme.


About:

  1. Kurzarbeit is German for “short-work”. The policy provides for a short-time work allowance, called kurzarbeitgeld, which partially compensates for lost earnings during uncertain economic situations.

  2. The policy was rolled out during the 2008 economic crisis while its origins date back as far as the early 20th century, before and after World War I.

Important Info :

Working:

  • When companies face a loss of earnings due to unforeseen economic situations, they often need to cut back on their working hours or send some of their employees home.

  • The Kurzarbeit scheme aims to address workers who are impacted by loss of income due to shortened work hours during such times. They can apply for short-term work benefits under the scheme, with the government stepping in to pay employees a part of their lost income.

  • This helps the companies retain their employees instead of laying them off, and allows the latter to sustain themselves for a period of up to 12 months. 

Source :Indian Express

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