The payment of nursing staff should be made fairer
Order of working conditions in the meat industry
According to a resolution by the federal government, a ban on temporary work and work contracts in the meat industry will come into force on April 1, 2021, the aim of which is to create safe working conditions in companies. This Occupational Safety and Health Control Act prohibits the execution of temporary work in large areas of the slaughterhouse – however, companies with fewer than 50 employees are initially excluded. Temporary work is also no longer permitted from April 1, so that activities in the area of slaughtering and cutting can only be carried out by the permanent staff of the slaughterhouse. If there are order peaks in meat processing, another exception comes into force: In times of excessive workload of the permanent staff, activities may also be carried out by temporary workers. This is based on collective agreements that contain strict guidelines, such as regular checks of the working environment and a three-year time limit.
Working hours in the meat industry must be electronically recorded from April 1st – but not in the butcher’s trade. At Versten, fines of up to 30,000 euros are imposed.
Standardized minimum wage in care
The general conditions in the care professions should see improvements in terms of pay from April 1, 2021, according to the federal government. In the west of the country, a minimum wage of 12.50 euros per hour will apply in future; in the east the minimum wage is said to be 12.20 euros. The implementation of this regulation is based on a recommendation by the care commission.
Extension of the child benefit scheme ends
According to a decision by the federal government, the regulation regarding the child benefit will end on March 30, 2021. Thus, from April 1, 2021, no funding for house and apartment buyers can be applied for. However, anyone who signs a notarized purchase contract or receives a building permit by the end of March has another six months to apply for child benefit. The deadline was extended by three months in advance due to Corona, but should end on March 30th.
On April 2, 2021, a legally stipulated upper limit for trans fatty acids in food will be introduced, according to the federal government. Both olive oil and baby food are exceptions to this. All other foods may in future only contain a maximum content of two grams of trans fatty acids per 100 grams – otherwise they will be withdrawn from the market.
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