For consumers, many will change in April. If you are not careful, you could lose cash. From the minimum wage to mother's pension: what you need to know for April.
Munich – From O to O, that's the peasant who says that many drivers use when changing tires. In October, the winter tires are on and from Easter, so spring temperatures may trust and drive again with summer tires.
With this rule, motorists in Germany have to do, as there is no universal summer tire legislation, but only one. During winter conditions with snow or ice, you should not drive with summer tires. This usually only takes place when an accident has occurred.
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April could be the right time for the tire change – but not until the middle of the month. According to the Association of Tires and Vulcanizing Trade of Germany (BRV), summer tires can be reared when the temperature is above seven degrees Celsius in the morning. And these low values are often higher than just mid-April. At very low levels and more, the summer tire rubber compound is hardening faster, which can significantly reduce the adhesion on the road.
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New in April: minimum wage for temporary and temporary workers
Good news is available in April for temporary and temporary workers. Already in January and March, the new statutory minimum wage was introduced in many industries. The increase also follows for temporary workers in West Germany. From 1 April, the minimum wage will increase from 9.49 euros to 9.79 euro per hour.
The deadline for maternity pension ends in April
Anyone over 65 who has brought up children and has not applied for a pension may need to act quickly. Otherwise, it could lose pension payments. Parents whose child was born before 1992 may have an additional pension entitlement since the start of the year. Because of the reform of the maternity pension, they now receive two and a half years for each child as educational periods for the pension. The pension application should then be made until the end of April, as there are retrospective payments to new pensioners from January 2019.
From April, there will be more money for civil servants
Even federal officials and pay recipients in the federal government can look forward to more money from April. Their earnings are charged by 3.09 per cent. This increase is part of a three-step increase determined in the summer of 2018. The first increase was backdated to 1 March 2018. The salary was increased by 2.99 per cent. There will be a further increase of 1.06 per cent on 1 March 2020. This is clear from federal pay law and pension adjustment. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other government members also benefit from this increase.
Aldi will refrain from packing individual cucumbers from April
Aldi has announced in April the omission of individual cucumber packs. Tests have shown that the vegetables have not been damaged even without plastic wrapping during transport. In addition, the discount is for introducing a new system of reusable fruit and vegetable bags. From April, Aldi wants to reduce a tonne of plastic waste.
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For now there is no diesel driving ban for Cologne and Bonn from April
The ban on diesel driving in Stuttgart, which has been in operation since January, will also be extended to people living in Stuttgart on 1 April – they had been excluded from the ban t of the front. The driving ban applies to the diesel of the Euro 1-4 classes. With regard to the diesel bans at Cologne and Bonn, originally scheduled for April 2019, it is still open. North Rhine-Westphalia's state has submitted an appeal against the ban in the Higher Administration Court in Münster. An appointment for the hearing is not yet known. Also in other cities in 2019 there are diesel prohibitions on.
Google Plus will be deleted in April
Google Plus will end on 2 April. It was designed as an alternative to Facebook, but had little interest. In a data cut in October 2018, the online network gave unauthorized access to Google Plus to some private user data for app developers. Up to 500,000 people were affected. As a result, giant Google has been reducing its service step by step since January 2019. From April 2, Google Plus is officially over.