The current outbreak of COVID-19 – commonly known as Coronavirus – and its consequences are putting a major financial strain on employers. Many companies have had to close branches, are suffering from a decline in business activity or find themselves unable to operate. Matters of employment and payment are uncertain. Therefore, this article is meant to answer important questions regarding the legal situation in Germany and to show ways in which employers can manage the situation. The most important instrument for companies is the possibility of short-time-work compensation (Kurzarbeitergeld).