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Steinfurt-Warendorf District Craftsmen's Association relaunches training place exchange
The Steinfurt-Warendorf District Craftsmen's Association has relaunched its apprenticeship exchange.
Internships, whether voluntary or compulsory, offer young people a good opportunity to gain an insight into professional fields and everyday working life. At the same time, the skilled trades companies that offer such placements benefit by being able to convince young people of their company and the skilled trades and thus attract trainees.
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Act on the further development of skilled labour immigration
Since November 2023, skilled workers with a university degree from third countries and third-country nationals with particular professional experience have been able to immigrate to Germany more easily using the "EU Blue Card". The EU Blue Card is a residence permit designed to facilitate and promote the permanent immigration of highly skilled workers from non-EU countries to Germany.
From March 2024, people from third countries can be employed or qualified as qualified skilled workers in a company as part of a recognition partnership. The recognition procedure for this takes place in Germany. The stay in Germany can be authorised for up to three years.
There are also entry facilitations for people with practical professional experience who wish to come to Germany in future for employment in all non-regulated professions. To do so, they must provide proof of an annual income of at least around 40,000 euros, a professional qualification recognised by the state in their country of origin and at least two years of professional experience.
From June 2024 , the "opportunity card" will be introduced, which is based on a points system. Points are awarded for professional qualifications, language skills, work experience, connection to Germany and age, among other things.
In addition, the Western Balkans regulation will be cancelled. It allows a maximum of 50,000 people from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia access to the labour market in non-regulated professions. The prerequisite for the employment of persons from these countries is the respective approval of the Federal Employment Agency (BA).
NEW January 2024: Federal Environment Agency publishes partial study on the decarbonisation of industrial production (DekarbInd)
The complete decarbonisation of German industry is a mammoth task that has a fundamental impact on the economy and society and can only be successful if allstakeholdersare involved. The "DekarbInd" project has developed solutions together with these stakeholders in various workshops.
Sub-report 1: Decarbonisation technologies have so far mainly been assessed on the basis of techno-economic criteria. However, numerous other environmental and sustainability aspects are also relevant for sustainable development. This sub-report therefore develops a method that takes ecological, social and systemic aspects into account in addition to techno-economic criteria. Its centrepiece is a criteria grid with associated indicators.
The report can be downloaded free of charge from the website of the Federal Environment Agency.
NEW from 2024: Changes to children's sick days and children's sick pay
From 2024, the number of sick days per child and parent will be reduced from 30 to 15. Single parents will only be able to apply for a maximum of 30 days per child per year instead of the previous 60. Further information can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of Health.
NEW from 2024: Growth Opportunities Act
From 1 January 2024, the limit up to which the so-called actual taxation is to be applied will increase from €600,000 to €800,000 turnover in the previous calendar year. This will allow more companies to benefit from this rule in future and only pay VAT once they have received the money from their customer.
The regulation is part of the Growth Opportunities Act, which still has to pass through the mediation committee. The VAT regulations will presumably remain unaffected. The status of the legislation can be found on the website of the Federal Ministry of Finance.
What happens in the event of a gas shortage? - Information from the Federal Network Agency
The Federal Network Agency held a webinar for end consumers on 22.06.2023 in which the staff provided information about the crisis organisation gas. What are the indicators of a pending gas shortage? What happens if the emergency level has to be declared and the Federal Network Agency, as the federal load distributor, has to maintain the vital gas supply in Germany? What do withdrawal, comfort, individual, general or balancing orders mean and who do they affect? You will receive appropriate information on these and many other questions.
The webinar is available in the media library of the Federal Network Agency.
Here you can access the gas safety platform, on which all large gas consumers with a connection capacity of at least 10 MWh/h must register in accordance with Section 1a (2) GasSV.
The Berlin School of Economics and Law, together with the EMF Institute for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Family Businesses at HWR Berlin and with financial support from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection, has developed a digital support tool on the topic of company succession. The so-called Succession-O-Mat is a scientifically based analysis tool for self-assessment of one's own level of knowledge on the topic of company succession for different user groups.
The tool is accessible, free of charge and does not store any personal data that could be used to identify users.
Information and practical examples of company succession can be found on the nexxt-change website, where you will find both takeover offers and requests.
Supply Chain SorgfaltspfIichtengesetz
The Supply Chain Due Diligence Act obliges companies to observe human rights and environmental protection in their supply chains in an appropriate manner. The obligations to be fulfilled are graded according to their actual scope of influence, depending on whether it is their own business area, a direct contractual partner or a more indirect supplier.
The law will now also apply to companies with 1,000 employees or more from 1 January 2024.
What is to be arranged for the farms:
- Establish a risk management system and conduct a risk analysis
- Adoption of a policy statement of the corporate human rights strategy
- Anchoring prevention measures
- Immediately take corrective action in case of identified violations
- Establishment of a complaints procedure
All companies concerned are obliged to report regularly on the fulfilment of the obligations enshrined in the Act.
BAFA will verify the existence of the reports as well as their publication for the first time on the cut-off date of 1 June 2024.
Further information can be found on BAFA's website
Cybercrime: Recommendations for action
The threat of cyber attacks on companies has increased significantly in recent years. More than ever, companies need to protect themselves against espionage, sabotage and data theft.
Together with IT Sicherheit in der Wirtschaft (IT Security in the Economy) and Mittelstand Digital (SME Digital), the SME association BVMW e.V. has launched the mIT Standard sicher project. The aim is to help small and micro enterprises with up to 50 employees to select the right consultancy service provider for their company based on defined criteria by means of the DIN SPEC "IT Security Consultancy for Small and Micro Enterprises".
With the standard to be developed, small enterprises with up to 50 employees can select the right guidance service provider based on transparent quality criteria and receive qualified guidance.
The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection in the IT Security in Business initiative and led by BVMW e.V..
You can download the information brochure free of charge on the With-Standard-Safe website page.
Furthermore, the Federal Office for Information Security provides information on its website about
- New, threatening attack vectors that become known, e.g. through highlighted individual incidents
- about manufacturer measures against vulnerabilities that have become known, e.g. when patches or security updates are available
- as well as in management information, e.g. about expiring update or patch support from manufacturers.
The Federal Criminal Police Office has developed a guide on precautions against cybercrime, which also contains advice on what to do if an attack has been successful. the guide can be accessed here.
Introduction of a Carbon Boundary Adjustment Scheme (CBAM) in the EU
From October 2023, companies will have to calculate and document all direct and some indirect emissions caused by the production of imported goods from non-EU countries. In addition, they will be required to submit a quarterly report containing information on the volume of imported goods and their emissions and the carbon price paid in the third country.
The basis is the EU Regulation 2023/956 on the creation of aCO2 limit compensation system. The EU's goal is to become climate neutral by 2050 at the latest.
From 2026, companies will have to pay the CO2 duty on iron, steel, iron and steel products, aluminium, cement, fertilisers, hydrogen and electricity from non-EU countries.
Further information can be found on the website of the Federal Environment Agency
Circular economy in practice
Three developments are necessary for circularity: Narrow (save products/materials), Slow (increase product life) and Close (reuse materials). These can be applied to the well-known R-strategies, which show approaches to resource efficiency and circularity and can be understood as tools for practice.
Take the first step into the circular future!
To improve the recycling of resources, innovative business models, procedures, processes and products must be developed.
The Effizienz-Agentur NRW supports manufacturing companies in North Rhine-Westphalia on this path with its advisory services in the field of resource efficiency.
For this purpose
- a free initial consultation
- Free workshops on potential
- Participation in the workshop series Circular Design (CIRCO)
- Support from the EFA's Resource Efficiency Advisory Service and Financing Advisory Service
Interested parties can contact the EFA via the contact form .
- a free initial consultation