For more expensive train tickets to a new packaging law, many changes have come to Germany since the beginning of the year.
As we enter the New Year many new laws and regulations take effect in our host country. Therefore, whether you already live in Germany or whether you are planning to move to this beautiful, welcoming country, it is good for you to discover what changes have been implemented since the 1st of January 2019.
Ready to discover more? Let´s start then!
- A new law on Day Care arises – The idea behind this law is to improve the supply of child daycare centers in the whole country by offering longer opening hours, better services such as lunchrooms and a completely free daycare center to low-income families.
- The monetary help known as “Kindergeld” increases as follows:
- €204 per month for the first child
- €210 per month for the second child
- €235 per month from the third child onwards
- In case of divorce child support increases as follows:
- 0-7 years: €354 per month
- 7-12 years: €406 per month
- 13-18 years: €467 per month
- The tenant’s contribution rate for modernization costs the landlord has incurred will be reduced from 11% to 8%. Good news if you are planning to rent a renewed flat!
- A cap will be introduced for the amount by which the landlord may raise the rent to €3 per square meter within six years. However, in cases where the Kaltmiete’s price does not exceed €7 per square meter, the cap will be limited to €2 per square meter.
- Diverse gender – A new German law, approved in December 2018, introduces a third gender option on birth certificates, passports, driver’s licenses, and other legal documents. This means that people born with reproductive anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of female or male (also known as intersex) are now recognized by the German government.
- New Packaging Law – From a customer point of view, this law will allow you to know if you are buying a product with a single-use packaging (Einweg) or if it is reusable (Mehrweg).
- Fuel labeling – The European Union harmonized the set of fuel label to provide drivers with better information on the fuels. The three new labels will be as follows:
- Gasoline-type fuels: Marked by an “E” inside a circle
- Diesel-type fuels: Marked by a “B” inside a square
- Gaseous-type fuels: Mentioning the specific subtype within a rhombus.
- Contributions to unemployment insurance, levied as a percent of income, decrease in 0.25 points.
- The increase in the minimum wage from €8.84 to €9.19 per hours. Good news, don´t you think?.
- In response to growing concerns over elderly care, a joint effort by Germany’s health, family and labor ministers is now in the pipeline. 13,000 positions will be opened this year to attract new applicants interested in working in this sector.
- From now on, the monthly installment of the “Krankenkasse” (Health Insurance Company) will be equally paid between employees and employers. So far this installment was paid by employees. So this is good news, isn’t it?
- Reintegration into the labor market of people who have been unemployed for a long time by creating subsidized jobs will be encouraged. The requirements for accessing this aid are as follows:
- The unemployed person is at least 25 years old.
- The unemployed person has received unemployment benefit II (also known as “Hartz IV”) for at least six years.
- The right to go back to work full-time again arises – People who have reduced their working hours for at least one year, within five years, have now the right to go back to work full-time if they want to. This right, however, will only be applicable in companies that have more than 45 employees and as long as the person has a minimum of six months career in the company.
- To consider a job a midijob the minimum monthly remuneration must not exceed €450 and the maximum monthly payment must not exceed €1,300.
- Company bicycles and transport vouchers will be tax-free.
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