If your construction company cannot carry out its work due to snowfall, seasonal short-time allowance can partially compensate for the loss of pay. It is intended to relieve the burden on your company and help to preserve jobs. Seasonal short-time allowance is limited to companies in the in the building trade, the scaffolding trade, the roofing trade and gardening and landscaping. They can only receive the benefit during the so-called bad weather period from December to March. In companies in the scaffolding trade, the bad weather period begins as early as November and ends in March. This regulation for the scaffolding trade is currently valid for a limited period until 31.3.2021. As an employer, you must apply for, pay and settle the seasonal short-time allowance. Your employees do not have to do anything. Seasonal short-time work can be introduced for your entire business or limited to individual departments. The amount of the seasonal short-time allowance depends on the respective income of your employees and the actual loss of work/earnings during the seasonal short-time allowance: 60 percent of the lost net wages for employees without a child in the household 67 percent of the lost net wages for employees with at least one child in the household. In addition to seasonal short-time allowance, you can apply for supplementary benefits for your employees, such as reimbursement of social security contributions. As a rule, you will receive the seasonal short-time allowance from the first hour of absence. As an employer, you initially make advance payments when paying wages and salaries to your employees. The short-time allowance is settled monthly in arrears with the Federal Employment Agency at the location of the payroll office and paid to you retroactively. Temporary changes to the regulations for (seasonal) short-time allowance are possible. For example, the regulations for short-time allowance were temporarily changed due to the Corona crisis. The changes concern, among other things, the inclusion of minus hours, the imputation of income from secondary employment and a gradual increase in short-time allowance. You can find out more on the website of the Federal Employment Agency.