25 March 2020 – Relaxed requirements for social security contributions for short-term employment

Intervention Categories: Legal and policy; Regulatory change
Level of Jurisdiction: National

Overview: The German Government has extended the time limits for ‘minimal employment’ in the form of short-term employment to a maximum duration of five months or 115 days.

Previously, the limits were three months or 70 days.

‘Minimal employment’ describes employment where the monthly income does not exceed 450 Euros. Employees and employers in these cases do not have to pay a number of social security contributions.

The policy is intended to avoid problems with seasonal work, particularly in the agricultural sector as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
Full details here: https://www.bmas.de/DE/Schwerpunkte/Informationen-Corona/sozialschutz-paket.html#doc866034bodyText10