Short-time working compensation (KAE COVID-19)

Maximum period of entitlement to short-time work increased and simplified procedure extended

On 23 June 2021, the Federal Council increased the maximum period of entitlement to short-time working compensation (KAE) to 24 months and extended the simplified procedure for KAEs. It also decided to extend the entitlement to KAE for apprentices as well as persons in fixed-term employment and on-call workers in permanent employment relationships, introducing a new condition. The majority of the cantons, the consulted umbrella organisations of the social partners and the responsible parliamentary commission support the agreed adjustments. The corresponding amendments to the Covid 19 Unemployment Insurance Ordinance will come into force on 1 July 2021.

Due to the good epidemiological development and the opening steps realised so far, a large part of the restrictive protective measures have been dropped. However, due to the continuing basic measures, it is not possible for all companies to completely abolish the purchase of KAE. By increasing the maximum duration for receiving of KAE to 24 months, companies that so far have continuously settled KAE since the beginning of the pandemic can continue to be supported by KAE. The increase in the maximum period of receipt is valid until 28 February 2022.

With the extension of the simplified procedure, the companies and implementing agencies of the unemployment insurance can continue to be relieved. Since the opening steps are expected to lead to a decrease in the use of the KAE, the extension of the simplified procedure will initially be valid until 30 September 2021. From 1 July 2021, the "report of economically induced lost hours" will also be reintroduced. With this form, employees confirm their lost hours and declare that they continue to agree to short-time work.

The Federal Council has also decided to extend the entitlement to KAE for persons in fixed-term employment relationships, apprentices and on-call workers in permanent employment relationships until 30 September 2021. The entitlement to KAE for persons in fixed-term employment relationships and on-call workers in permanent employment relationships exists if the operational activity continues to be significantly restricted by measures ordered by the authorities. An extension of the abolition of the waiting period was waived. Thus, from 1 July 2021, a waiting period of one day, which represents the statutory minimum deductible, will apply again.

Previous decisions by the Federal Council

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Applying for short-time work

Step 1: Pre-registration Cantonal Office for Unemployment Insurance (KAST)

Please submit the following form "Voranmeldung zur Kurzarbeit" (Pre-registration for short-time work” – only available in German) by mail (see contact box on the right) or by e-mail to KAST, kast.awa@bs.ch. KAST will then review your application and inform you of the decision in writing.

Step 2: Applying to the Public Unemployment Fund (OeAK)

To do so, please use the forms attached at the end of this paragraph and send them by e-mail to kae.awa@bs.ch. For each subsequent month, please resubmit the relevant application form to OeAK.

Excel form for the settlement periods September to and including November 2020:

Excel form for the settlement periods December 2020 to and including March 2021, if NO persons with income below CHF 4,340 per month (for a full-time workload or converted to a full-time workload) are affected by short-time work in the company:

Excel forms for the settlement periods December 2020 to and including March 2021, if persons WITH income below CHF 4,340 per month (for a full-time workload or converted to a full-time workload) are affected by short-time work in the enterprise:

Please always re-download the Excel forms to be sure you are using the latest version. The Excel forms are not compatible with the Numbers application, so please only access them online or on Excel.

The OeAK will do its utmost to transfer the compensation you are entitled to as soon as possible to the payment details you have provided.

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New: Online forms for short-time working compensation

With immediate effect it the Covid-19 advance notification of short-time work and the application for short-time working compensation can be submitted online.

 

Link to the online forms (in German, French or Italian only)

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Please note that…

  • the monthly application must be submitted within three months; otherwise the claim will be forfeited.
  • your account details are correct.
  • you sign the application.
  • the required enclosures are attached to the application.
  • the simplified COVID forms can be found on the SECO website: www.arbeit.swiss (Forms - short-time working compensation: Geltendmachung bei der Kasse (German) – Exercice du droit auprès de la caisse (French) – Esercizio del diritto presso la cassa (Italian)