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Re: Lost your job - possibility to get financial support?

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OK, just a quick update if anyone ever gets to read this thread and starts wondering how it works.

I went to the ORP [or RAV in the German speaking parts, which is how I was looking for it in Geneva with little success as in French it's ORP ] yesterday and found out the following:

They are really helpful, upon registration (which you can do even if you're employed at the moment but getting laid off soon, etc.) you go through some aptitude tests and the like and you get all sorts of help and counseling in your search for a job.

If you've worked for at least 12 months in the last 24 months, you might be entitled to some chomage as well. Even if this was in another country. Due to bilateral agreements, I might even get some money but that's totally not what I'm interested in, so I don't really care that much. But it's good to know and anyone in such a situation should definitely check with them. There are lots of factors they consider so it takes time till they can tell you, though.

Anyway, then there are courses you can take and trainings and they might even persuade an employer to employ you, as they offer to continue paying you and you'd start working as an intern, sort of. So this can also give a kick to your career.

Now I don't know what jobs they'd find me. But as I'm not interested in the money (as a penalty for refusing an "appropriate" offer, you can be deprived of 30-45 days of chomage), I can refuse as many cleaning jobs as I want. (It would be a totally different thing if I didn't speak French or was here of my own accord. As I'm not I can't see how any of these would help me with my career.)

If you have any questions about this, please PM me and if I haven't answered it as yet, I'll try. Note that I've only been to the introductory presentation so I don't know everything just yet. But I'm really looking forward to the whole experience, I've never ever been officially unemployed and they made it sound kind of fun.

There are lots of obligations, like the papers I'll have to fill in month by month and I'll also have to be looking for a job actively, but as this is what I'd be doing anyway, I'm not scared. And all they can penalize with is taking days off my chomage, which doesn't really concern me. However, I want to do this right, because I think it's a great opportunity to take advantage of some professional help.
Please keep us informed of anything you learn in this position.
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Old 25.01.2011, 20:46
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Re: Lost your job - possibility to get financial support?

I have just learned from a highly knowledgeable person of an interesting and widely enforced Swiss law helping those who are loosing their job. Itís a little hard to explain so please bear with me. Or PM me and I can discuss it in depth. (Iím no lawyer thoughÖ)

If you have been given a:
  • layoff notice,
  • been fired or
  • you have resigned your job
then any time(s) during the TERMINATION PERIOD, if you produce a doctors excuse showing you were sick or unable to work, then the termination period is extended for a full month that the sickness occurred.

For example:
You job terminated for any reason and you have a 3 to 6 month termination period. If you are sick (with doctors excuse) during any time during this 3-6 month termination period (even if itís only for a few days of missed work) then the entire month is excluded from the termination period. This means that the termination period is extended by one month.

See : Art. 336c1
http://www.admin.ch/ch/d/sr/220/a336c.html
(german only)

I hope this helps any one caught in this situation.
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Re: Lost your job - possibility to get financial support?

Hi,
I am new to this forum and have a couple of questions regarding my situation.
I am getting laid off soon and I would like to know what is my best course of action. I am currently looking for work, but I want to have all bases covered and register for chomage (my first time).
My first question is which "caisse de chomage" in Geneva do I go to? I see that there is that state chomage (CCGC) and several other private ones??
Secondly, I will receive a severance pay and I'm wondering what is the penalty and how this will effect my chomage entitlements?
My Employer has offered to give me a lump sum payment or to spread the payments over several months as my normal salary. The later will obviously effect the timing of my chomage entitlement so I'm thinking of taking the lump sum payment and applying for chomage straight away. Someone told me that if my severance pay was less than 120k (which it is) then there is little or no penalty. Is this right?

Any advise is greatly appreciated!
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Old 28.10.2011, 13:22
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Re: Lost your job - possibility to get financial support?

Hi,
Not sure if my previous post worked so apologies if I am repeating myself. I have recently been laid off and I hope to find work asap, however I wish to register for chomage (just in case...).
I have never claimed chomage before and I have a few questions. First, I notice there are several "caisse de chomage" in Geneva. Which is the best? The state caisse de chomage (CCGC) or the private ones??
Second, my employer has offered a severance pay in a lump sum or to be paid as a salary over several months. If I choose a lump sum, how does that affect my chomage entitlements? I heard that if below 120k there is little or no penalty. Is this right?

Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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