The current spread of the corona virus is leading to disrupted supply chains and ancelled orders. German companies are therefore introducing short-term work to prevent existential damage and lay-offs.
On 13 March 2020, the German legislator authorized the Federal German Government to significantly alleviate present conditions for short-term work. According to Labor Secretary Hubertus Heil, short-term work allowance (Kurzarbeitergeld) can be applied for retroactively
as of 1 March 2020.