Compulsory measles vaccination, employment contracts: this will change in August

Children who are not vaccinated against measles may be excluded from day care from August. Fines are also possible. The EU Directive makes employment contracts more transparent – and establishing a GmbH becomes easier. Overview of these and other changes from August 1.

Unlimited measles vaccination from July 31

Since July 31, vaccination against measles is compulsory in Germany. Children and workers in schools and day-care centers, but also in refugee accommodation, doctors’ offices and hospitals must then be protected against infectious diseases. The Bundestag decided to introduce compulsory measles vaccination in 2019. From March 1, 2020, it applies to new admissions of children aged at least one year to nurseries and schools.

In the second stage, vaccination certificates – or medical certificates in the event of recovery from measles – had to be presented by July 31 for boys and girls who were already in institutions on March 1, 2020. Unvaccinated children may be excluded from day care. This is not possible in schools because of compulsory education. Fines of up to € 2,500 can be imposed.

The EU directive sets out new rules for employment contracts

Anyone who does not start a business but is employed can insist on greater transparency before starting work from the new month. Because then companies are required to disclose their framework conditions and inform them in advance of what newcomers can expect. The rules mainly apply to new contracts. However, it is also possible to later request these transparency points from your own employer.

The EU directive specifies, inter alia, what information and documentation obligations do employees have, how long the probationary period is, as well as information on protection against dismissal, the exact place of work and, of course, what remuneration new employees can expect. The aim is to define working conditions more precisely in advance, so that employees do not feel overwhelmed and employers are forced to make their conditions clear in advance.

The foundations of the GmbH are now also possible via video call

Setting up a GmbH is often exciting, but can also be very time consuming. It should therefore be good news for many founders that a mandatory visit to the notary public can also take place via the video link from August. A computer with a camera and microphone, a special application and an ID card – thanks to this equipment, German limited liability companies and corporate companies can be established from anywhere.

At the meeting, the personal data is then determined through a special technical procedure and the contract is read out. Few changes in prices for this formal activity: if the two managing directors want to set up a small limited company with a share capital of 25,000 euros, they have to allocate just under 1000 euros for a visit by a notary.

The regulation comes from the German DiRUG law implementing the European Union directive on digitization. In the current step, an intermediate step has been reached. From the coming year, so-called cashless foundations should also be possible digitally, as well as contract changes and registration in the register of associations.

Bafög is raised

For students, trainees and students who receive a student loan, numerous simplifications will apply from August 1. The maximum grant rate for Bafög recipients will be increased from EUR 861 to EUR 934. The so-called basic demand rate increases by 5.75 percent to 452 euros per month. The housing allowance for students who do not live at home will increase by 11%. from 325 euros to 360 euros. In addition, Bafög customers who do not live with their parents receive a one-off heating allowance of € 230 for the heating period 2021/2022.

What else is changing:

  • This 9 euro ticket expires at the end of August for now: However, political voices are intensifying to find an idea for a combination with a cheap public transport ticket as soon as possible. The discount on tanks also expires at the end of August.
  • Two streaming services are becoming more expensive: not only the DAZN streaming service is doubling its subscription rates to almost 30 euros per month. There is also an increase in prices on Amazon Prime. The subscription will be 1 euro more expensive and will soon cost less than nine euro per month. If you have an account with one of the providers and don’t want to pay money, you can easily cancel it one month in advance.

In fact, from mid-August, pharmacies should offer the so-called “Biosimilar”. However, this change was postponed a year after the Bundestag’s health committee criticized the bill at the end of July.

Biosimilars in pharmacies: the effort would be too much

Biosimilars are medicines produced by biotechnology, such as insulin, certain cancer medicines, or certain vaccines. However, these are not originals – the so-called originator – but a variety that is much cheaper to produce, but has the same clinical effect.

This substitution process was completed several years ago for generics, that is, chemically manufactured drugs such as ibuprofen. The same should now happen with biosimilar medicines. The replacement obligation was actually supposed to ease the financial burden on the health system, but after many associations decided that planning was too short-term, the start was postponed to next year.

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