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Major changes from March: measles vaccination, speed camera apps, tax relief


Vaccination requirements, moving costs or cosmetic surgery: From March 2020, new regulations will apply in many areas.

Vaccination requirements, moving costs or cosmetic surgery: From March 2020, new regulations will apply in many areas.

  • March 2020 brings a number of changes.
  • The regulations for measles , moving costs and medication prescriptions are changing.
  • Innovations from March 1st, 2020 in a compact overview .

Measles vaccination from March 1, 2020

Already decided at the end of 2019 by the federal speed camera day , it now comes into force: The Germany-wide measles obligation in day care centers and schools . Proof of vaccination must be provided for all children from the age of one who are newly enrolled in a kindergarten or school - and for those who are already attending the community facility. Their parents must provide proof of vaccination * by July 31, 2021 . The obligation also applies to all employees in day care centers, schools and hospitals - if they were born after 1970 . Those who do not comply can face a fine of up to 2500 euros .

New in March 2020: deduct more costs for moving from tax

If you are single and have to change your place of residence due to work , you can deduct a flat rate of 820 euros from tax from March 1, 2020, for spouses and registered partners it is 1639 euros . For which services does this flat rate apply? For example, for cosmetic repairs that still have to be done when moving out, for the moving company or the brokerage costs when looking for a new place to stay. These moving costs * must of course be documented at the tax office .

Byebye, speed camera apps: banned from March 2020

They are practical from the point of view of the driver, and there is even a Google speed camera service *: apps that warn of radar controls. In the wake of the amendment to the Road Traffic Ordinance (StVO) from February, they are now "expressly" prohibited. The Federal Ministry of Transport is currently making this clear on its website.

Cost point, if a driver is caught with a speed camera app : 75 euros fine . It can also threaten a point in the traffic offender database in Flensburg.

No advertising for cosmetic surgeries for adolescents - also on Facebook, Instagram & Co.

“Advertisements for cosmetic surgery often convey the wrong message. That is why we want to ban advertising for cosmetic surgery that is aimed exclusively or predominantly at adolescents, ”the Federal Ministry of Health announced in autumn 2019.

The new regulation from March 1, 2020 was an amendment to the Measles Protection Act (see above). Currently, the German Medicines Advertising Act already prohibits advertising what a body looks like before and after a plastic surgery operation. Likewise, advertisers are not allowed to target children under the age of 14 exclusively or predominantly.

However, since this regulation does not protect the age group from the age of 14, the ban on advertising for operating theaters "without medical necessity" is being expanded to protect young people. This also applies to advertising on Facebook, Instagram & Co..

After sexual offense: Health insurance companies cover the costs of securing evidence

Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) pleaded for this last fall: From March 1, 2020, confidential evidence on the body of victims of sexual assault and sexual abuse will become a cash benefit . So far, victims of sexual offenses have had to pay for the preservation of evidence themselves. This also includes laboratory tests to detect knockout drops * .


Transport ministers advise on radar detectors

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Less free hand luggage at Eurowings from March 2020

The “basic tariff” at Eurowings is becoming more expensive. From March, the airline will only transport one piece of hand luggage measuring 55 x 40 x 23 centimeters per customer free of charge. Fees apply for each additional piece of luggage. Check-in at the airport counter will also cost a little from March. Online check-in remains free of charge.

Prescription Drugs: Starting in March 2020, the "Recipe for Repetition"

For those who regularly rely on prescription medication * , the “recipe for repetition” is a good choice: from March 2020, insured persons can redeem certain prescriptions at the pharmacy up to three times, within one year of the date of issue .

Easier recruitment of skilled workers from March 2020 - Merkel (CDU) for this

The Immigration Act for Specialists comes into force on March 1st. It is intended to make it easier for qualified workers from non-EU countries to find their way to Germany. In December 2019, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) said that there was a big competition for qualified specialists worldwide, referring to a "paradigm shift in how we want to approach specialists outside the European Union".

German crafts alone could fill 250,000 vacancies. The currently greatest bottlenecks among skilled workers are jobs in the fields of mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology - construction, the hotel and restaurant sector and health professions are also affected. Specifically, it is about electrical engineers, metalworkers, mechatronics engineers, cooks, nurses for the elderly, computer scientists and software developers.


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List of rubric lists: © dpa / Karl-Josef Hildenbrand

Source: merkur

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