Germany: new regulations from April 1! What will change in terms of wages and coronavirus, among other things?

From April 1, a lot will change in Germany when it comes to legislation. Among other things, the new regulations concern salaries in the public sector, coronavirus and driving tests. Below you will find answers to the most important questions.

What about salaries and the minimum wage?

Public sector wages will increase by 1.8%. Public servants will also catch the increase.

The minimum wage in nursing and care will also change from April: it will rise to €12.55 for nursing assistants, to €13.20 for qualified nursing assistants and to €15.40 for nursing staff. A special minimum wage of €10.88 instead of the previous €10.45 will also apply for short-time work.

How much of the relocation amount is tax deductible?

In addition, the so-called relocation amount, which is tax deductible, will increase. If you are relocating because of a new job, you can now deduct up to €886 as a single person instead of the previous €870. If you move spouses or life partners or their children, you can deduct another 590 euros in each case.

Parcel machines only with app

People using DHL parcel machines will also have to use their smartphones in the future. From April 1, it will be possible to send and receive parcels only using the corresponding app. Pickup with a DHL customer card and associated code will no longer be possible.

Coronavirus relief is extended, end to most restrictions

Some coronavirus-related regulations are being extended: rapid testing is to remain free, getting sick leave is still possible over the phone, short-time work rules and economic assistance for businesses have been extended. In addition, employees can take 20 days off per year if they need to care for loved ones due to a situation caused by a coronavirus pandemic.

The transition period for the new coronavirus rules ends the day after the end of the quarter. As of March 20, the revised infection protection law is in effect. However, the states were able to extend the existing rules until April 2. Therefore, as of Sunday in Bavaria, for example, most of the regulations will no longer apply.

New questions for driver candidates

Driver candidates can expect new sets of questions from the new month. This applies to all classes of vehicles. Some old questions have been removed, while new questions have been added.


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