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A question of accuracy.... regarding unemployment benefits and starting dates

Hello all!

A few months ago I irritated some people with my question, but this time I have a different one and I think I won't receive the same mean reactions.

So, back in 2010 I decided to leave my job in Geneva in order to go abroad for a master.
I worked until August 20 2010 (a Friday) and I left the country on August 23 2010, exactly the date that I had announced to the Office Cantonal de la Population that I would do so.

Fast forward now, master is done, job is kind of found, and the question is: If I start working on August 22 2011 (it is a Monday), will I qualify for the social unemployment security in the unlikely event I lose my job at some point, or will I have to complete once again a full year of employment first?
It's not that I am planning to lose my newly found job ( ), but you know, it's nice to feel that if something goes wrong, you will have some income until you find a new job.

Thanks in advance for your opinions.



PS. The reason I am asking is that if this is the case, I could try to arrange to start work one week earlier, in August 15.
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Old 26.07.2011, 03:48
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To receive unemployment benefit you need to have worked for a minimum of 12 of the previous 24 months.

Normally in CH contracts end at the end of the month, were you paid holiday pay till the end of the month?
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Re: A question of accuracy.... regarding unemployment benefits and starting dates

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To receive unemployment benefit you need to have worked for a minimum of 12 of the previous 24 months.

Normally in CH contracts end at the end of the month, were you paid holiday pay till the end of the month?
Not really.
I could only work until that Friday because the master was starting before the end of August, I had no holiday left, so I agreed with my manager to end the contract on Aug 20 though it´s not usual.

Do you know if this ¨12 of the previous 24 months¨ is counted with 100% accuracy?
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Not really.
I could only work until that Friday because the master was starting before the end of August, I had no holiday left, so I agreed with my manager to end the contract on Aug 20 though it´s not usual.

Do you know if this ¨12 of the previous 24 months¨ is counted with 100% accuracy?
probably, however if you got part of a 13th salary added that month their software may overlook it.

You would be entitled to a reduced percentage in any case, the salary is based on the last 6 or 12 months averave pay, many of those months will be zero, so I doubt you will get very much.

I am always surprised by their calculation, the last time for the better, usually you get less than expected.
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Old 26.07.2011, 11:36
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Do you know if this ¨12 of the previous 24 months¨ is counted with 100% accuracy?
This is Switzerland, of course it is calculated accurately.
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This is Switzerland, of course it is calculated accurately.
Fair point.
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This is Switzerland, of course it is calculated accurately.
A great deal depends on the industry your in & how the person interprets the rules. The salary based on your last 6 or 12 months will have a far bigger effect on actual payout.

Had the OP registered unemployed before leaving he would be in an open rhamenfrist so it would be different & he would be covered for the next 12 months based on his old salary.
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Re: A question of accuracy.... regarding unemployment benefits and starting dates

I don't think so. The RAV ask for a copy of your old contract and the last 12 months worth of payslips. From that they work out the correct salary and RAV payments.

I was actually referring to the working 12 months out of 24 months rule.
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I don't think so. The RAV ask for a copy of your old contract and the last 12 months worth of payslips. From that they work out the correct salary and RAV payments.

I was actually referring to the working 12 months out of 24 months rule.
I know exactly what you were refering to HOWEVER the OP's last 12 months payslips are ZERO, thats the problem, believe me I have an idea how it works. He needed to open a Rahemnfrist last year to qualify for the old salary, one needs to register as soon as your are unemployed, he has waited a year......so his pay is based on the last 12 months it's very simple but not what you or the OP may want to hear.

A single day's work in a month can count, it's a day's & money system but they never tell you that, I have recently qualified for 400 days, worked about 100 days in previous 24 months that was counted as 18 months FULL employment, using final 12 months to calculate salary. One month was ZERO. 2 years before 3 months were zero, they are used those 3 months in the salary calculation.

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