The federal states finally launched the announced corona bonus for staff in the medical sector on Thursday. According to information from several state offices, the bonus of an average of 500 euros is paid out with the December salary. Doctors and nursing staff as well as cleaning staff and staff in inpatient rehabilitation facilities are to receive the tax-free premium (according to the National Council decision of the summer).
Salzburg hospitals can pay out
Corresponding information is to be sent to the hospitals as early as Friday, according to the office of the Salzburg health officer LHStv. Christian Stöckl (ÖVP) opposite the APA. According to Stöckl’s office, the hospitals will receive the request “that they can make the payments. The guidelines will be sent along.” The hospitals charge the state as a stopover, the state then bills the federal government for the costs.
Corona bonus on rails
The procedure was clarified in detail in a video conference on Thursday, according to consistent information from the countries. The premium is to be paid out “in all probability with the December salary”, for example the Upper Austrian Deputy Governor and Health Councilor Christine Haberlander (ÖVP). On the part of her Salzburg colleague Stöckl, it was said that there had been a first federal guideline in August, but that it was not compatible with the law. A revised version had arrived last week. After the meeting everything has been clarified.
Tyrol plays Christkind
In the state of Tyrol, APA asked that the bonus should be paid out with the December salary. This is provided by the legal framework. The bonus will then be reimbursed from federal funds. “It is extremely gratifying that the guidelines of the Bund are now in place and that the payment of the bonus can be directed”, said Tyrolean Health Councilor Annette Leja (ÖVP), who is currently the chairwoman of the state health officers.
The state of Styria referred to the beneficiaries: The bonus is given to people who die during six months of the pandemic and have been in direct contact with Covid-19 infected people for at least three months, regardless of their qualifications and extent of employment. Governor Hermann Schützenhöfer (ÖVP) spoke of the “unbelievable achievements” of the staff and their “infinite thanks”. The bonus could be a sign of recognition.