The Federal employment Agency (BA) announced today (10.00 PM) the Hartz-IV-sanctions statistics for the year 2018. In the first six months of last year, BA had recorded approximately 449 550 penalties were approximately 25 800 less than in the prior-year period.

The penalty rate – the ratio of the imposed penalty to all working-age beneficiaries – still located at 3.1 percent. With 77.4 percent, a majority of the sanctions are not attributable to reporting omissions – so if someone takes, for example, an appointment at the Jobcenter true, and an important reason is missing. Penalties there are, if the offered Jobs are rejected.

The social code book II prescribes the sanctions. In the case of serious breaches of duty, the entire support may be removed on time. The SPD wants to loosen the penalties, the Union is against it. Finally, the BA registered approximately 4.02 million Hartz-IV recipients. The set of rules eligible for a working power currently amounts to 424 euros.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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