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Economy: Hubertus Heil wants to better protect employees from losing their jobs

2019-08-13T08:25:08.311Z

In an economic crisis, employees have great risks to lose their jobs. The Minister of Labor wants to counter this with a work-of-the-law bill.



In the future, workers should be better protected against unemployment during economic crises. A corresponding bill was announced by Federal Labor Minister Hubertus Heil (SPD); In the fall he wants to submit a work-of-tomorrow bill. This will make it easier to pay short-time working hours and increase public-sector qualifications. "In the event that it is not just a cooling of the economy, we also want to arm ourselves for the crisis," Heil said in Rhineland-Palatinate Herxheim.

With the new law, according to salvation, there are "all instruments" to "flank a cyclical crisis in the labor market." In addition, it should be possible for workers to be able to go along with the transformation of jobs through digital technologies and ecological requirements. Heil spoke of an "instrument box, so that we ensure that the employees do not lose the connection".

Short-time work should be paid out faster in the future

The SPD minister also wants to facilitate the use of short-time working money, after the instrument helped prevent a massive expansion of unemployment in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. It should be possible that the social security contributions of the employer are taken over by the state. Facilitation of short-term economic benefits should be quickly introduced in a crisis situation.

With the new law, employees in a company in which they no longer have a permanent perspective should be able to stay in business with public funding. Also in this "Perspective Qualification" there should be grants both for further education and for wages. If a company transfers employees to a transfer company because they no longer have any prospects in the traditional company, this should allow longer training. Rules that are in force today - such as the fact that those affected must be at least 45 years old - should be relaxed.

According to salvation, the law is intended to link up with the qualification chances law that has applied since the beginning of the year. As a result, the Federal Employment Agency (BA) can at least partially cover the costs of continuing education. Employers receive wage subsidies if they release their employees during continuing training while continuing to pay their wages. Larger companies must participate more than small or medium sized companies.

Source: zeit

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