January 2022, a number of changes affecting employees have come into force in Germany. What's in store for employees in the new year.
What will change in 2022 in terms of salary or sick leave notification? In the new year, employees will again face some changes, whether they are old hands or trainees. Some of these have already been in effect since 1. January. Our overview shows the most important innovations:
1. Minimum wage rises to 1. January 2022
Workers paid minimum wage can look forward to more money in 2022. The minimum wage came into effect on 1. January to
9.82 euros per hour increased. Previously it was 9,60 Euro. To 1. July then beckons as planned a further increase to 10.45 euros per hour, as the Federal Ministry of Labor (BAMS) communicates.
However, the new federal government wants to introduce the minimum wage soon increase to 12 Euro. According to Federal Minister of Labor Hubertus Heil (SPD), a draft law on this is to be presented as early as the beginning of 2022, according to a report by the Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa). Heil had only recently commented on the schedule.
More on the topic: Minimum wage from 2022: This will change for many employees.
The new year 2022 has some changes in store for employees.
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2. Higher training allowance
A higher salary also awaits many apprentices who start their training in 2022: The statutory minimum apprenticeship pay will increase from 550 euros to
585 Euro gross per month. After that, it increases as follows:
– in the 2. Training year: plus 18 percent
– in the 3. Year of training: plus 35 percent
– in the 4. Training year: plus 40 percent
3. Corona bonus
Employees can still until 31. March 2022 receive a corona bonus from their employer. Thereby payments are up to 1.500 euros in – and tax-free. The money must be paid in addition to the salary and is to u.A. Alleviate the additional burden of the corona crisis, reports the dpa.
Read about it: Corona bonus for many employees: Who now gets the extra money?
4. Electronic sickness notification to employers from July 2022
Already in place since 1. October 2021, the certificate of incapacity for work (AU) will be transmitted digitally by doctors' offices to health insurance companies (transition period for the changeover until 31. December 2021). From 1. July 2022 the sick note should then also be transmitted electronically to the employer – by the health insurance companies. Employees will then no longer have to hand in the former "yellow slip" to the company themselves. Patients now only receive a printed copy for their own documentation.
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5. Change for mini-jobbers
New for mini-jobbers: From 1. January 2022, when reporting short-term mini-jobbers must indicate with which health insurance the person is insured. The Minijob-Zentrale has announced that. From 2022, employers will also receive feedback when registering whether the employee has other short-term jobs or has already had them in the same calendar year. You can read more about this here: Minijob 2022: This changes from 1. January for employees.
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6. Lowering the voting age for works council elections
In companies with a works council, the voting age for works council elections will also be lowered: From 2022, 16-year-olds will then already be allowed to cast their vote. Previously, the minimum age was 18 years. Who wants to be elected even into the work council, must be however still at least 18 years old.
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