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In our current extraordinary situation, the legal conditions are changing rapidly. Responding to these changes quickly and appropriately means continuously following and analyzing the latest developments.

Current developments

The emergency measures for unemployment insurance in connection with coronavirus (COVID-19) will end on August 31, 2020.

In principle, any entitlement to short-time work compensation under the COVID-19 measures will therefore also end on August 31, 2020. This means that any companies that are unable to continue employing their staff on a full-time basis after August 31, 2020 will have to submit a new application. Please note the following:

  • You must submit the new application to the relevant cantonal office at least 10 days before the deadline.
  • The application must satisfy the same conditions that applied before COVID-19 (no special concessions).

Specifically, this means: if the short-time work was approved on April 1, for example, the entitlement will end in all cases on August 31. This also applies if the approval was granted for a longer period at the time.

Action required

With this in mind, it is worth checking whether you will still require short-time work after September 1, 2020. If yes, you will need to submit a new application for short-time work compensation.

Further changes to the law

From September 1, 2020, a waiting period of one day will apply for short-time work. The Federal Council has extended the maximum period for receiving short-time work compensation to 18 months. This measure will remain in place until December 31, 2021.

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