Coming Soon: New Entitlement To Temporary Reduction In Working Time In Germany – The 10 Most Important Questions

  On January 1, 2019, new employee entitlements to a temporary reduction in working time will come into force in Germany. We answer the 10 most important questions employers have.     What Is “Bridge Part-Time”? Fulfilling a promise made in the coalition agreement, the new entitlement to work reduced hours temporarily, commonly referred to as “bridge part-time” (Brückenteilzeit), will enable the employee to reduce the working time without cause and reason and to automatically return to the previous working time after a predetermined period of one to five years. This new entitlement to a temporary reduction of working time complements the entitlement to unlimited part-time work under the Part-Time and Fixed-Term Act (Teilzeit- und Befristungsgesetz – TzBfG) if certain conditions are met. The employee has the choice between both options. What’s New? Previously, the Act only provided for a right to a permanent reduction in…

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