{Study} Planned law on family care leave: skepticism and first implementations

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On the 1. January 2012 is scheduled to enter into force the new law on family care. The public interest is great, the acceptance within the Company inconsistent. This is also confirmed by a recent survey among the partner companies of the online job exchange JobStairs.

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Financial advance as a problem

51 was surveyed by the largest and most attractive German employers. While 50 percent of respondents currently perceive increased demand for care services with their employees, only 31 percent are in favor of the new model of Federal Minister of Family Affairs, Kristina Schröder.

“In particular, the aspect of financial advance payments by the employer currently leads to uncertainty and the resulting reluctance among the Company"Says Anja Seng, Professorin Personnel Management at the FOM University of Economics and Management, Düsseldorf.

This is because, according to the statutory rule, employees who are employed by a relative can reduce their working time to a maximum of 50 per cent over a maximum period of two years. In this time, however, they are 75 percent of their last gross income.

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More information would be better

"However, many employers were not informed that the federal government would support them with an interest-free loan from the state-owned KfW banking group to increase their salary," explains Seng. If this were communicated more broadly, current resistance could be reduced.

The university professor is therefore certain, despite current acceptance difficulties, that the concept of the federal government - also against the background of demographic development - will prevail in the medium term: “Companies that put the compatibility of family, private life and work on their own banners will also include a family care time model in it to implement."

First company already at implementation

Roche has now started. The health care company has been the first German company to implement the federal government's family care time model since the beginning of April. "The concept fits well with our ideas of responsibility," explains Thomas Schmid, spokesman for the management, Roche Diagnostics GmbH.

Other JobStairs partner companies are already active: According to the survey, 43 percent already offer or plan their individual family care time solutions to their employees independently of the statutory new regulations.

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