New from 2022: Important changes for employees

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From: Andrea Stettner

The new year 2022 has some changes in store for employees. © Arno Burgi / dpa

Some changes that affect employees will come into force in Germany as early as January 1, 2022. What to expect for employees in the new year.

What will change in 2022 at salary or when reporting sick? There will be some changes for employees again, regardless of whether they are old hands or trainees. Our overview shows the most important innovations:

1. Minimum wage increases on January 1, 2022

Employees who are paid according to the minimum wage can look forward to more money in 2022. According to the Federal Ministry of Labor, the minimum wage is rising (BAMS) on January 1st to 9.82 euros per hour. Previously it was 9.60 euros. As of July 1, there will be a further increase to 10.45 euros per hour, as planned.

2. Higher training allowance

Many trainees who begin their training in 2022 also expect a higher wage: the legally stipulated minimum training allowance increases from 550 euros 585 euros gross per month. Then it increases as follows:

  • in the 2nd year of training: plus 18 percent
  • in the 3rd year of training: plus 35 percent
  • in the 4th year of training: plus 40 percent

3. Corona-Bonus

Employees can still until March 31, 2022 receive a corona bonus from their employer. There are payments up to 1,500 euros inside – and tax-free. The money must be paid in addition to the salary and is intended, among other things, to alleviate the additional burden caused by the corona crisis, reports the German Press Agency (dpa).

4. Electronic sickness notification to employers from July 2022

The certificate of incapacity for work (AU) has been digitally sent to the health insurers by doctors’ practices since October 1, 2021 (transition period for the changeover until December 31). From July 1, 2022 the sick leave should then also be sent electronically to the employer – by the health insurance companies. Employees no longer have to hand in the former “yellow ticket” to the company themselves. The patients only receive a printed copy for their own documentation.

5. Change for mini jobbers

New for mini-jobbers: From January 1, 2022, when reporting short-term mini-jobbers, it is necessary to specify the health insurance with which the person is insured. This has been announced by the mini-job center. From 2022, employers should also receive feedback when registering whether the worker has other short-term jobs or already had them in the same calendar year.

Also read: Mini job: What is the hourly wage for a 450 euro job?

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 reduced: from 2022, 16-year-olds will be able to cast their votes. Previously, the minimum age was 18 years. However, anyone who wants to be elected to the works council must still be at least 18 years old. (as) * is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

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