Through the German Act to Improve Chances of Integration on the
Employment Market [Gesetz zur Verbesserung der
Eingliederungschancen am Arbeitsmarkt] dated 20 December 2011,
considerable amendments are to be made to the German Social Code
Book III [Sozialgesetzbuch III, SGB III] with effect as of
1 April 2012. The Act contains important new provisions regarding
the job placement of unemployed persons.
In the course of this reform of the law there will simultaneously be a systematic restructuring of Secs. 1 – 184 et seq. SGB III, which will make a review of all documents which refer to the provisions of the SGB III necessary. For example, the provisions on remuneration for short-time work can now be found in Secs. 95 to 109 SGB III (previously Secs. 169 to 182). Provisions on transfer services can be found in future in Secs. 110 and 111 SGB III (previously Sec 216a and 216b). The provisions of particular relevance to cancellation agreements on the reduction of unemployment benefit and on the suspension of the claim to unemployment benefit can be found in future under Secs. 155 to 160 SGB III (previously Secs. 141 to 146).
The content of this article is intended to provide a general guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.