In economically difficult times, employment costs can be burdensome for the business. For example, if companies experience a loss of work due to an acute crisis situation because production has to be curtailed due to a lack of supplies, short-time work may be indicated. During short-time work, employees temporarily work less or not at all. The short-time allowance then partially compensates for the loss of earnings. It is intended to relieve the burden on your company and help to preserve jobs. Employers are responsible for notifying employees of the loss of work and for applying for short-time allowance. Employees do not have to do anything. Short-time work can be introduced for the company or limited to individual departments. The amount of short-time allowance depends on the respective income of the employees and the actual loss of work / earnings during short-time work: 60 percent of the lost net wage for employees without a child in the household 67 percent of the lost net wage for employees with at least one child in the household. You will receive short-time allowance at the earliest from the calendar month in which your notification of the loss of working hours is received by the Federal Employment Agency. Short-time allowance is a reimbursement benefit. As an employer, you initially pay the wages and salaries of your employees in advance. 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 governing 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 extension of the period of entitlement to short-time allowance, the inclusion of minus hours, the imputation of income from secondary employment, entitlement to short-time allowance for temporary workers, and a gradual increase in short-time allowance. You can find out more on the website of the Federal Employment Agency.