Short-time working compensation (KAE COVID-19)

In its spring session of 2021, Parliament adopted a number of amendments to the COVID-19 Act. These amendments entered into force on 20 March 2021. In addition, the Federal Council extended the summary and simplified procedures for short-time working compensation as well as the abolition of the waiting period until 30 June 2021. You can find an overview of the changes and an application form for the adjustment of the short-time working permit by clicking on this link.

In short: the main changes (in German only)

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)