Health carers to get bonus of EUR 1,500

Nursing care insurers funds and state to pay tax-free bonus
21 July 2020
Euros und Stethoskop

Around 25,300 employees in outpatient and inpatient care facilities across Hamburg are to receive a tax-free bonus from nursing care insurers and employers. Hamburg is paying EUR 8.7 million towards the funds.

Tax-free bonus proportionate to working hours

Employees who work at least 35 hours a week in nursing homes, day care facilities and/or outpatient services receive EUR 1,500 each. Employees who spend at least a quarter of their time working in care facilities receive a bonus of EUR 1,000, trainees get EUR 900 while other workers in such facilities get EUR 500. Part-time employees receive the corona bonus pro rata.

Hamburg increases by one third

The German government and those of the states had set up the special bonus on May 19, 2020. The City of Hamburg has increased the amount by nearly EUR 9 million or one third of the total sum. The insurers will issue the funds to employers who had filed an application by late June. Eligible employees receive the bonus with their salaries and are legally entitled to it provided all the requirements have been met. 

Bonus as an employer model

Under the employer model, employees who have worked for at least three months from March 1, 2020 can receive up to EUR 500 from the City of Hamburg, but not the bonus and in accordance with SGB XII. Employers can request that the Grundsicherung und Soziales offices include the funds in their budget at the end of 2020.