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Factsheet for case DE-2020-36/1116 – measures in Germany

Practical tool for companies to document business changes due to COVID-19

Corona-Dokumentation

Country Germany , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 03 September 2020
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Access to finance
Author Sandra Vogel (IW)
Case created 14 September 2020 (updated 12 May 2021)

Background information

Against the background of the COVID-19 pandemic, the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH) issued FAQs and leaflets to help their members to keep up with the amount of new information released during the first half of 2020 (e.g. regards newly available help measures). In addition, ZDH has designed practical tools for companies to keep track of business changes and measures taken at the establishment level due to COVID-19.

Content of measure

The Confederation of German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH) developed a practical tool for companies to keep track of measures taken at the establishment level due to COVID-19. The tool is a form in which companies can document their business changes (e.g. write down the days during which companies had to lock-down, lower number in personnel needed or lower usage of sales areas; strong or low business days; financial support received by public actors or banks).

The pre-structured information tool was designed to help companies who have applied for public financial support. If companies are granted public financial support, they will have to provide this kind of information in audits and show how they have spent and used public money and that they did not use the public grants fraudulently.

Use of measure

No information available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Other businesses
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Employers' organisations
Employers organisation

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative
Form Not applicable Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Only employers' organisations
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level

Involvement

The German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH) provides information on many topics as part of their member services. Against the background of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ZDH has designed and published this guideline, in order to help companies in keeping up with their business changes and provide latter on all information need by public auditors checking for the proper usage of public financial aid.

Views and reactions

The German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (ZDH) provides information on many topics as part of their member services. Against the background of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ZDH has designed and published this guideline, in order to help companies in keeping up with their business changes and provide latter on all information need by public auditors checking for the proper usage of public financial aid.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)

This case is not occupation-specific.

Sources

  • 03 September 2020: COVID-19 Documentation (Corona-Dokumentation) (www.zdh.de)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Practical tool for companies to document business changes due to COVID-19, case DE-2020-36/1116 (measures in Germany), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.