Exceptional registration process for short-time work


Due to the current situation, numerous advance notifications of short-time work and applications for short-time work compensation have been received by the Office of Economy and Labour. We are processing these with great dedication and are doing everything possible to ensure that you receive the preliminary decision (order) and a corresponding payment as quickly as possible. However, delays may currently occur.

Gradual phasing out of COVID measures

The measures prescribed by emergency law will be gradually lifted in coordination with the loosening stages to open up the economy as follows:

  • For persons in an employer-like position as well as assisting spouses or registered partners, the extraordinary entitlement to short-time work will cease at the end of May. This will take place in parallel with the abolition of the COVID measures for loss of earnings for self-employed persons who are directly or indirectly affected.
  • At the same time, the entitlement to short-time work for apprentices also expires. The focus here is on continuing training as quickly as possible.
  • The pre-registration period will also be reintroduced. This was abolished because the restrictions imposed on companies could not be foreseen. In the meantime, the measures by the Federal Council are known and their effects on companies can be better assessed. It is therefore possible for companies to make pre-notification in compliance with the pre-notification deadline. Companies for which short-time work has already been approved do not need to submit a new application as a result of this adjustment.

The other emergency measures will end as planned on 31 August 2020 with the expiry of the Ordinance on Unemployment Insurance Measures Relating to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Companies will continue to be able to use short-time working as a means of safeguarding jobs due to the coronavirus.



  • Do you have an “Inc.” or a plc - then please apply for short-time work
  • If you have a sole proprietorship - then you will receive further information via www.ak-bs.ch (in German only)
  • Please check which cantonal, federal and bank support programmes are available to you? Or if your question is not answered, then please contact business@bs.ch


Employed or companies respectively

Step 1: Pre-registration Cantonal Office for Unemployment Insurance (KAST)
Please submit the 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 this, please use the form "Antrag und Abrechnung von Kurzarbeitsentschädigung (ao Formular Covid 19)" (Application and Settlement of Short-Time Work Compensation (ao form Covid 19 – only available in German)) and send it by e-mail to kae.awa@bs.ch.

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.

Step 3:
For each additional month, please submit the form Application and Settlement of Short-Time Work Compensation (ao Form Covid 19) to OeAK again.


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.
  • a separate application must be submitted for March and April (March pro rata).
  • the application for the month of April can only be submitted at the end of April.
  • the measures taken by the Federal Council in the area of short-time work compensation to cushion the current situation due to the corona virus have a considerable impact on the performance of the tasks of the employees of the Public Unemployment Fund (OeAK) Basel-Stadt. Our aim is to ensure that compensation is paid as quickly as possible to companies in the canton of Basel-Stadt which have been granted short-time work compensation as part of their pre-registration with the cantonal Public Unemployment Fund and which are submitting the corresponding application to us, the Public Unemployment Fund. To achieve this goal, you will receive the requested short-time work compensation in form of a so-called advance payment. Please note that the current payment is an advance payment. This means that we will make the final settlement at a later date and then make any subsequent payments or reclaims. If we are missing documents or information for the final settlement, we will get in touch with you. At present, our priority is ensuring that the companies applying for financial support receive appropriate financial support as quickly as possible. We would like to ask you to support us in the rapid payment of all companies affected by short-time work by awaiting the final settlement or by waiting for us to get in touch with you.

We would very much appreciate your administrative support if you submitted your application by post.