Claim reimbursement of social security contributions as a supplementary benefit to seasonal short-time allowance Unfortunately this specification of service has not yet been completely translated.

If your company receives seasonal short-time allowance for employees, you can, under certain conditions, also be reimbursed for the social insurance contributions for these employees.

If your construction company cannot carry out construction work due to snowfall, you can apply to have the social security contributions for your employees reimbursed in addition to the seasonal short-time allowance. This concerns the social security contributions that you, as the employer, are solely responsible for paying.

This benefit is limited to companies

  • in the construction industry,
  • the roofing trade and
  • gardening and landscaping.

You can only receive reimbursement of social insurance contributions during the so-called bad weather period from December to March. The calculation of social security contributions is based on 80 percent of the lost pay.

You can only apply for reimbursement of social insurance contributions for employees who are subject to compulsory insurance. These are salaried employees whose employment relationships cannot be terminated for weather-related reasons during the bad weather period according to the collective agreements. On the other hand, you cannot be reimbursed for social security contributions for salaried employees and foremen.

Temporary changes to the regulations for short-time allowance and supplementary benefits are possible.

For example, the regulations for short-time allowance were temporarily changed due to the Corona crisis. The changes affect, among other things, the lump-sum reimbursement of social security contributions.

Further information can be found on the website of the Federal Employment Agency.

Settlement list for seasonal short-time allowance and supplementary benefits - annex to the claim for benefits

Forms: yes
Online procedure possible: yes
Written form required: yes
Personal appearance required: no

Related Links

  • Antrag auf Saison-Kurzarbeitergeld (S-Kug) und ergänzende Leistungen
  • Abrechnungsliste für Saison-Kurzarbeitergeld (S-Kug) und ergänzende Leistungen - Anlage zum Leistungsantrag
  • Online-Portal der Bundesagentur für Arbeit zur Beantragung von Leistungen
Bundesagentur für Arbeit (BA), Arbeitgeber-Hotline

Bundesagentur für Arbeit (BA)

Bundesagentur für Arbeit (BA), Dienststellenfinder


You can claim social security reimbursement for employees who receive seasonal short-time allowance. You are also only entitled to this benefit for employees whose employment cannot be terminated for weather-related reasons during the bad weather period.

Your company must also

  • belong to the building trade, roofing trade or gardening and landscaping trade and
  • employ at least 1 worker and
  • have previously paid in the funds for the reimbursement of social security contributions in the form of a levy for these purposes.


In the event of exceptional developments on the labour market (such as the spread of the coronavirus), the Federal Government or the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs may temporarily adjust the regulations on short-time allowance by decree.

Related Links

  • § 102 Sozialgesetzbuch Drittes Buch (SGB III)

Related Links

  • Merkblatt 8d der Bundesagentur für Arbeit zum Saison-Kurzarbeitergeld
  • Informationen zum Kurzarbeitergeld auf der Internetseite der Bundesagentur für Arbeit

You can apply for reimbursement of social security contributions for recipients of seasonal short-time allowance in writing or online.

If you want to claim the benefit in writing:
You calculate the pay and the seasonal short-time allowance.

  • You pay the remuneration and the seasonal short-time allowance to your employees and pay social insurance contributions.
  • You apply retroactively each month for reimbursement of the social insurance contributions at the responsible office of the Employment Agency (application for seasonal short-time allowance and payroll list).
  • The Employment Agency checks the application and the payroll list. If your application is approved, you will be reimbursed for the social insurance contributions.
  • After the end of the bad weather period, the Employment Agency will check the submitted settlement list as part of a final audit and, if necessary, correct the approved benefit.

If you want to apply for the benefit online:

  • Access the "eServices" portal on the Federal Employment Agency's website.
  • Log in with your user ID and call up the application for seasonal short-time allowance.
  • Fill out the application, upload the payroll list and send the application.
  • The Employment Agency will review your application and documentation. You will receive a decision on your application from the Employment Agency.
  • The remaining procedural steps correspond to the written procedure.

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