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Introduction of short-time work – what steps employers in Germany must take now

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Behrendt Markulf
Markulf Behrendt

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Hamburg

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Dr Hans-Peter Löw

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Frankfurt am Main

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Ubber Thomas
Thomas Ubber

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Frankfurt am Main

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Scharff Bettina
Dr Bettina Scharff

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Munich

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Wehner Peter
Peter Wehner

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Frankfurt am Main

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21 April 2020

In view of the current economic plight of many companies, the question arises as to how the effects of the corona crisis can be limited quickly, effectively and sustainably. The concept of short-time working offers such a solution and was adapted to the current situation at an early stage. In the following, we offer a brief overview of the principles of introducing short-time work and support through the receipt of short-time compensation. 
Please be aware that the introduction of short-time work is an evident argument that there are no operational reasons for termination. Although this does not completely prevent the termination for operational reasons of such employees who are affected by short-time work, it does make it more difficult, because the introduction of short-time work indicates that the employer assumes that this is only a temporary phase.

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