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Coronavirus: German government extends compensation for parents


If parents do not earn money because they look after their children, they should continue to receive money from the state. At the same time, the federal government restricts claims for return travelers from risk areas.

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Chancellor Angela Merkel and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer at the cabinet meeting

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New rules are to come in some cases for loss of earnings of employees in the corona crisis.

The federal cabinet decided that compensation claims for parents should be extended until March 2021.

These entitlements should also apply if individual children have to be looked after at home because they are quarantined by the health department.

So far, compensation has been possible if schools or daycare centers are closed completely and no other care is possible.

Parents who do not go to work can receive 67 percent of net income from the state as compensation.

In the meantime, however, individual classes are also being sent home.

No money for returnees from risk areas abroad

Those who make an "avoidable trip" to foreign risk areas, on the other hand, should no longer receive any compensation for loss of earnings after their return for the period of the prescribed quarantine.

"Exceptional circumstances" should be excluded, such as the birth of one's own children or the death of close relatives.

This does not include other private celebrations, vacation trips and postponed business trips.

An online list from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) indicates which countries the federal government classifies as risk areas.

The legislative plans also provide for further regulations based on the "epidemic situation of national scope" determined by the Bundestag:

  • The Federal Ministry of Health should be able to regulate that uninsured persons are also entitled to vaccinations and tests.

  • It should be possible to use a digital entry registration after stays in risk areas.

  • The aim is to facilitate the use of new rapid tests.

  • If necessary, it should also be possible to use the capacities of veterinary laboratories.

Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) said: "We are currently experiencing a critical phase of the pandemic. The situation is serious."

The dynamic outbreak shows that one must be able to react quickly.

The Federal Council has to approve the law; it is expected to come into force in December.

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Source: spiegel

All business articles on 2020-10-28

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