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Switzerland: Short-term work relief program, what is next? (COVID-19)

Switzerland: Short-term work relief program

Various measures intended to protect employers from the economic consequences of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic are scheduled to end.


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The “COVID-19 Ordinance on Unemployment Insurance” has an expiration date as of the end of August 2020; thus, there is a resumption of many of the normal rules relating to the application of “short-time work” (rules that were in effect before 1 March 2020).

However, the simplified procedure for applying for short-time work compensation that has been in effect since March 2020 will continue to apply until the end of 2020. Companies can continue to use simplified COVID-19 forms for pre-registration or settlement. Further, additional working hours will not have to be taken into account until the end of 2020.

In sum:

  • The special regulations in connection with short-time work and COVID-19 terminate at the end of August 2020.
  • The simplified procedure for pre-registration and application will remain applicable until the end of 2020.
  • Additional working hours do not need to be taken into account until the end of 2020.

Read a September 2020 report prepared by the KPMG member firm in Switzerland that addresses questions that employers may have concerning short-term work

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