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Switzerland: Short-time work compensation (COVID-19)

Switzerland: Short-time work compensation (COVID-19)

Many companies are currently struggling with declining orders or even possibly having to close down in response to the economic situation resulting from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


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Simplified access to short-time work compensation may provide help in that it is intended to address the loss of work due to the COVID-19 crisis. Among the changes to the program, as of 31 March 2020:

  • The deadline for advance notification for short-time work compensation has been lifted.
  • Short-time work compensation is now granted for six months (instead of three months).
  • The waiting period is no longer applicable; the employer does not have to contribute to the loss of work.
  • Temporary workers, employees with limited employment contracts, apprentices, persons in employer-like positions (members of management, business owners, etc.) are entitled to short-time work compensation.
  • The employer can now request advance payment of the short-time work compensation.
  • Current forms and documents specifically related to the COVID-19 crisis have been made available.

Short-time work compensation cannot be applied for retroactively. Employers, therefore, need to consider applying for it as soon as possible.

Read an April 2020 report prepared by the KPMG member firm in Switzerland

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