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NOTE: A new application must be submitted each month! 

As entitlement to corona loss of earnings compensation only lasts for the duration of the measures ordered by the cantonal or federal government, a new application accompanied by evidence must be submitted each month. The daily benefits for compensation for coronavirus-related loss of earnings are paid out retroactively.

All the KEY INFORMATION clearly arranged by stakeholder group (click below on the situation that applies to you)

for self-employed persons (excl. LLC/PLC)
Last update: 25.01.2021

Loss of earnings for self-employed persons (excl. LLC/PLC) and their spouse or registered partner working with them – self-employed persons (excl. LLC/PLC) and their spouse or registered partner working with them may be entitled to corona loss of earnings compensation, with retroactive effect from 17 September 2020, in the following situations:

Business closure

If the business establishment is forced to close by order of the federal or cantonal authorities, the entitlement lasts for the duration of the closure.

  1. Form in the case of business closure
  2. Form in the case of business clusure for spouses or registered partners working with self-employed persons

Ban on events

If a planned event of more than 50 people is cancelled due to the ban on events currently in force, or due to non-approval of the event by the cantonal authorities, and the persons concerned would have been providing a service for the event.

  1. Form in the case of a ban on events
  2. Form in the case of a ban on events for spouses or registered partners working with self-employed persons

Significant loss of earnings

If employment is significantly limited due to coronavirus measures and this results in a loss of salary or income. «Significantly limited» is defined as a loss of earnings of at least 55% resp. 40% compared to the average for the years 2015 to 2019. The loss of earnings must be declared, and an explanation must be provided of how it was caused by measures to fight the COVID-19 epidemic. The details will be checked at random.

Please note the following points:

  • Person experiencing a loss of earnings of at least 55% in the month of October and/or November: The person is entitled to corona loss of earnings compensation for the entire month.
  • Person experiencing a loss of earnings of at least 55% in the month of December: The person is entitled to corona loss of earnings compensation for the entire month.
  • Person experiencing a loss of earnings of at least 40% but no more than 55% in the month of December: The person’s entitlement does not begin until 19 December 2020, i.e., 13 daily allowances. 

Please note that although the requirement of a 40% loss of earnings must be satisfied for the whole month of December (to simplify implementation), entitlement only arises as of 19 December 2020.

  1. Form in the case of significant loss of earnings
  2. Form in the case of significant loss of earnings for spouses or registered partners working with self-employed persons

Persons at especially high risk

At its meeting of 13 January 2021, the Federal Council extended the measures to combat the pandemic and, in particular, decided to make working from home mandatory. From 18 January 2021 to 28 February 2021, persons at especially high risk (employees, the self-employed and persons in an employer-like position) are entitled to corona loss of earnings compensation if they cannot perform their usual or similar work activities from home and thus suffer a break in their gainful employment.

Persons at especially high risk include pregnant women and people with a pre-existing condition – such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity or a weakened immune system as a result of a disease or therapy – who have not been vaccinated.

Anyone falling into the category of persons at especially high risk who has to interrupt their gainful employment because they are unable to work from home for organisational or other reasons is entitled to compensation if they:

  • are required to be insured under the AHV (i.e. they live in Switzerland or work in Switzerland); and
  • are self-employed or in gainful employment.

Their application must be accompanied by a doctor's certificate confirming that the applicant is a member of the group of persons at especially high risk in accordance with Annex 7 of the Covid-19 Ordinance 3.

If the employer is continuing to make salary payments, the employer is entitled to compensation.

  1. Form for persons at especially high risk

Information sheet: 6.13 – Corona lost earnings compensation for claims from 17 September 2020

 

for persons in an employer-like position (LLC or PLC owners)
Last update: 25.01.2021

Loss of earnings for persons in an employer-like position (LLC or PLC owners) and their spouse or registered partner working for the company – persons in an employer-like position (LLC or PLC owners) and their spouse or registered partner working for the company may be entitled to corona loss of earnings compensation, with retroactive effect from 17 September 2020, in the following three situations:

Business closure

If the business establishment is forced to close by order of the federal or cantonal authorities, the entitlement lasts for the duration of the closure.

  1. Form in the case of business closure
  2. Form in the case of business closure for spouses or registered partners working with persons in an employer-like position

Ban on events

If a planned event of more than 50 people is cancelled due to the ban on events currently in force, or due to non-approval of the event by the cantonal authorities, and the persons concerned would have been providing a service for the event.

  1. Form in the case of a ban on events
  2. Form in the case of a ban on events for spouses or registered partners working with persons in an employer-like position

Significant loss of earnings

If employment is significantly limited due to coronavirus measures and this results in a loss of salary or income. «Significantly limited» is defined as a loss of earnings of at least 55% resp. 40% compared to the average for the years 2015 to 2019. The loss of earnings must be declared, and an explanation must be provided of how it was caused by measures to fight the COVID-19 epidemic. The details will be checked at random.

Please note the following points:

  • Person experiencing a loss of earnings of at least 55% in the month of October and/or November: The person is entitled to corona loss of earnings compensation for the entire month.
  • Person experiencing a loss of earnings of at least 55% in the month of December: The person is entitled to corona loss of earnings compensation for the entire month.
  • Person experiencing a loss of earnings of at least 40% but no more than 55% in the month of December: The person’s entitlement does not begin until 19 December 2020, i.e., 13 daily allowances. 

Please note that although the requirement of a 40% loss of earnings must be satisfied for the whole month of December (to simplify implementation), entitlement only arises as of 19 December 2020.

  1. Form in the case of significant loss of earnings
  2. Form in the case of significant loss of earnings for spouses or registered partners working with persons in an employer-like position

Persons at especially high risk

At its meeting of 13 January 2021, the Federal Council extended the measures to combat the pandemic and, in particular, decided to make working from home mandatory. From 18 January 2021 to 28 February 2021, persons at especially high risk (employees, the self-employed and persons in an employer-like position) are entitled to corona loss of earnings compensation if they cannot perform their usual or similar work activities from home and thus suffer a break in their gainful employment.

Persons at especially high risk include pregnant women and people with a pre-existing condition – such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity or a weakened immune system as a result of a disease or therapy – who have not been vaccinated.

Anyone falling into the category of persons at especially high risk who has to interrupt their gainful employment because they are unable to work from home for organisational or other reasons is entitled to compensation if they:

  • are required to be insured under the AHV (i.e. they live in Switzerland or work in Switzerland); and
  • are self-employed or in gainful employment.

Their application must be accompanied by a doctor's certificate confirming that the applicant is a member of the group of persons at especially high risk in accordance with Annex 7 of the Covid-19 Ordinance 3.

If the employer is continuing to make salary payments, the employer is entitled to compensation.

  1. Form for persons at especially high risk

Information sheet: 6.13 – Corona lost earnings compensation for claims from 17 September 2020

 

for employers
Last update: 25.01.2021

Loss of earnings for employees

Employers can claim corona loss of earnings compensation for their employees in the following two situations:

  1. for working parents who are unable to work because they are no longer able to receive childcare (no external childcare available for children under the age of 12 or no care available for children and adolescents whose health is impaired).
    Form for employers if theirs employees have to stop working because they are no longer able to receive childcare
  2. for employees who are temporarily unable to work due to quarantine measures.
    Form for employers if quarantine has been ordered for their employees

Information sheet: 6.13 – Corona lost earnings compensation for claims from 17 September 2020

Compensation for short-time work for employers

The most important information and documents can be found on the GastroSuisse website. Additional information is also available on the website of work.swiss. If you have any questions about short-time work, please contact the competent cantonal public office (KAST).

Persons at especially high risk

At its meeting of 13 January 2021, the Federal Council extended the measures to combat the pandemic and, in particular, decided to make working from home mandatory. From 18 January 2021 to 28 February 2021, persons at especially high risk (employees, the self-employed and persons in an employer-like position) are entitled to corona loss of earnings compensation if they cannot perform their usual or similar work activities from home and thus suffer a break in their gainful employment.

Persons at especially high risk include pregnant women and people with a pre-existing condition – such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity or a weakened immune system as a result of a disease or therapy – who have not been vaccinated.

Anyone falling into the category of persons at especially high risk who has to interrupt their gainful employment because they are unable to work from home for organisational or other reasons is entitled to compensation if they:

  • are required to be insured under the AHV (i.e. they live in Switzerland or work in Switzerland); and
  • are self-employed or in gainful employment.

Their application must be accompanied by a doctor's certificate confirming that the applicant is a member of the group of persons at especially high risk in accordance with Annex 7 of the Covid-19 Ordinance 3.

If the employer is continuing to make salary payments, the employer is entitled to compensation.

  1. Form for persons at especially high risk

for employees
Last update: 25.01.2021

Loss of earnings for employees – employees may be entitled to coronavirus-related loss of earnings compensation in the following two situations:

  1. Parents who are unable to work because they are no longer able to receive childcare (no external childcare available for children under the age of 12 or no care available for children and adolescents whose health is impaired).
    Form for working parents who have to stop working because they are no longer able to receive childcare
  2. Persons who are temporarily unable to work due to quarantine measures.
    Form for employees if quarantine has been ordered

Persons at especially high risk

At its meeting of 13 January 2021, the Federal Council extended the measures to combat the pandemic and, in particular, decided to make working from home mandatory. From 18 January 2021 to 28 February 2021, persons at especially high risk (employees, the self-employed and persons in an employer-like position) are entitled to corona loss of earnings compensation if they cannot perform their usual or similar work activities from home and thus suffer a break in their gainful employment.

Persons at especially high risk include pregnant women and people with a pre-existing condition – such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity or a weakened immune system as a result of a disease or therapy – who have not been vaccinated.

Anyone falling into the category of persons at especially high risk who has to interrupt their gainful employment because they are unable to work from home for organisational or other reasons is entitled to compensation if they:

  • are required to be insured under the AHV (i.e. they live in Switzerland or work in Switzerland); and
  • are self-employed or in gainful employment.

Their application must be accompanied by a doctor's certificate confirming that the applicant is a member of the group of persons at especially high risk in accordance with Annex 7 of the Covid-19 Ordinance 3.

If the employer is continuing to make salary payments, the employer is entitled to compensation.

  1. Form for persons at especially high risk

Information sheet: 6.13 – Corona lost earnings compensation for claims from 17 September 2020

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Employees
25.01.2021