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Old 28.03.2020, 10:37
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Re: RAV benefits

The Federal Council issued new regulations regarding RAV and Kurzarbeit (short-time work) as follows (translated):

"Coronavirus: Additional measures to support the economy

Bern, 25.03.2020 - On 25 March 2020, the Federal Council adopted further measures to cushion the economic consequences of the spread of the coronavirus. They concern compulsory job registration, unemployment insurance, short-time working compensation and occupational pensions. The new measures in favor of employees will lead to estimated additional costs for unemployment insurance of around CHF 600 million per month.

The new measures are designed in particular to reduce the administrative burden on both the applicants and the cantonal implementing bodies. The latter must be able to process applications for compensation as quickly as possible.

  • In the case of the requirement to register open jobs (STMP), the obligation to register and all associated tasks and obligations for employers and public employment services will be temporarily suspended. This will facilitate the recruitment processes, for example for medical personnel, the pharmaceutical industry, agriculture or logistics.
  • In the area of unemployment insurance (ALV), the submission of proof of work efforts is no longer required. The insured person must submit proof of work efforts no later than one month after the expiry of COVID 19 Regulation 2. The entire period of validity of this ordinance is considered the control period.
  • The first consultation and control meeting after registration with the municipality of residence or the RAV is temporarily to be held by telephone and within 30 days of registration.
  • In order to avoid termination of unemployment compensation (Aussteuerung), all eligible persons will receive a maximum of 120 additional daily allowances.
  • The framework period (Rahmenfrist) for the receipt of benefits is extended by 2 years if full receipt of unemployment compensation is not possible within the current framework period.
  • The period for advance registration for short-time work (KAE) will be abolished.
  • The approval period for short-time work is extended from 3 to 6 months. This will enable the number of applications to be minimized and thus speed up the approval procedure.
  • In addition, the regulation on compensation for short-time work for employers, who are similar to employees*, will be adapted to the Federal Council's wishes. As already communicated, they will receive CHF 3'320 for a full-time position. This is a lump sum that will not be reduced. "

* - Owners of small businesses, such as GmbHs, are being considered as employees and thus are eligible for CHF 3'320 per month for short-time work, although they would not normally be so.

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