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German-Lux telework social security agreement extended to end 2021



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Luxembourg social security minister Romain Schneider is pictured in this archive photo. Photo: Matic Zorman/archives 

Luxembourg and German leaders have extended social security coverage for Luxembourg employees working from home in Germany until the end of 2021.

The extension of the agreement, due to expire on 30 June, was announced on Tuesday and is designed to allow employees greater flexibility to mitigate against the Sars-CoV-2 pandemic. Under EU law cross-border workers from Germany are not permitted to spend more than a quarter of their working hours outside of Luxembourg. If they exceed this threshold, it triggers a switch of social security affiliation. By extending the agreement, the social security affiliation of cross-border workers who work from home until 31 December 2021 will not be impacted.   

“The extension of this measure makes it possible to limit the spread of the virus which, despite all efforts, continues to have a major impact on our daily lives. It also demonstrates the strong ties between our two countries and that we must fight this scourge together, respecting the fundamental principles of the European Union,” Luxembourg social security minister Romain Schneider (LSAP) said.

Luxembourg extended similar agreements with Belgium and France earlier this month.