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Old 21.06.2011, 11:52
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Re: RAV bridging between jobs

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In theory yes, but in reality it might not be worth the hassle for one month. Unemployment payments do not kick in immediately, there is a delay of between 5 and 20 working days before they start paying. The length of the delay depends on how much the person was earning in their previous job (more then 10K a month = no money for the first month of unemployment).

Your wife will have to attend a three-hour session where the RAV people will explain her rights and responsibilities as a job-seeker, and she will be obliged to provide evidence that she has been actively looking for work ever since the day when she received her notice. In practice, they will expect to see evidence of between 8 and 12 job applications per month.

It's a real pain and a degrading experience, I wouldn't do it for one month unless you badly need the money.
I don't agree with this. The waiting period can be as little as 5 days, even for incomes >CHF 200k. (Of course, unemployment benefits are capped at around CHF 8,500 per month, before tax and other deductions.)

ETA: Capably explained by the post above.

The three-hour session doesn't exist in some RAV offices. Often, highly-paid professionals are not subjected to this -- the assumption is that they are very motivated (and capable) to find a new job.
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