From 1 June 2020, the following applies:
- Persons in an employer-like position as well as their spouse/partner will no longer be entitled to short-time work compensation.
- Apprentices will as well cease to be eligible for short-time work compensation.
- The notification period of 10 days will be re-established. This applies only to new requests but not to companies already in possession of a valid pre-notification. For new pre-notifications, the form has to be handed in 10 days before the date as of which short-time work compensation is applied for.
All other measures by the provisions of the COVID-19 Ordinance "Unemployment Insurance" (e.g. the eligibly of fixed-term, on call and temporary employees) will expire by 31 August 2020.
In addition, the Swiss Government has decided to submit to the Swiss Parliament a proposal for an extraordinary supplementary credit of CHF 14.2bn. This credit will cover the cost of short-time work compensation of the current year. Without the additional financing, it is estimated that the unemployment insurance will have debts of over CHF 16bn due to increase in short-time work.
The measures implemented in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic were always intended as preliminary. Thus, with businesses and facilities opening, it is justified that certain measures will be lifted. Nevertheless, companies can still benefit from short-term work where necessary.
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