Corona-News
06.07.2020

Corona loss of income compensation: new measures effective from 6 July 2020

Extension of entitlement to corona loss of income compensation for self-employed people 
The Federal Council has decided that self-employed people who were allowed to reopen their establishment on 27 April 2020, 11 May 2020 or 6 June 2020 will generally be entitled to claim corona loss of income compensation for self-employed persons until 16 September 2020. The entitlement of indirectly affected self-employed persons (hardship cases) was also extended until this date. Entitlement based on the ban on events will also remain valid until this date.

As a result, all self-employed people who were entitled to corona loss of income compensation for self-employed persons owing to the closure of an establishment will again receive corona loss of income compensation, retroactively to 16 September 2020.

The compensation is calculated in the same manner and equals the daily benefits paid to date. At the self-employed person’s request, the income according to the final AHV contribution invoice will be used as a basis. If your final tax assessment for 2019 is available to us on the date of calculation, we will use this for the calculation of the loss of income compensation. If you should receive the final assessment for 2019 at a later date, you can submit another application for reconsideration before 16 September 2020.

Payments will automatically recommence at the beginning of August for the period from 16 May 2020 or from 5 June 2020 to the end of July 2020, and will be made retroactively to 16 September 2020. You don't have to take any action in this regard, except if you have to submit an application for recalculation based on the final tax assessment for 2019 or the final AHV contribution invoice.

New corona loss of income compensation for persons in an employer-like position in the event business
For the period from 1 June 2020 to 16 September 2020, employees who work in an employer-like position in the event business are now also entitled to corona loss of income compensation. Persons in an employer-like position are persons who earn a salary as an employee and play a significant role in the decision-making process of the company (e.g. managing shareholder or partner of a stock company, limited liability company or cooperative society). The spouse or registered partner of these persons who work for the same company is also entitled to this compensation. These persons had an extraordinary entitlement to short-time work until 31 May 2020. 

The event business in particular includes organisers of trade fairs, exhibitions, conferences and congresses, event caterers, operators of cultural and entertainment facilities, and companies that are active in the production and presentation of theatre plays, concerts etc. 

However, this compensation should only cover hardship cases. If you as a person in an employer-like position want to claim corona loss of income compensation, the application must be accompanied by your salary certificate for 2019 and a detailed Commercial Register excerpt. Only persons whose income from gainful employment subject to AHV contributions was between CHF 10’000.– and CHF 90’000.– in 2019 are entitled to compensation. The company has to submit the application and list all entitled persons in the form. You can find this application form here.

Compensation relating to quarantine imposed in application of SwissCovid and upon entering Switzerland from certain areas
If quarantine is ordered by the authorities or a doctor, the affected person is entitled to loss of income compensation. You can find the new application form for corona loss of income compensation owing to quarantine measures here.

Those who go into quarantine without being ordered to do so by a doctor or the authorities are not entitled to corona loss of income compensation owing to quarantine measures. 

The Federal Council decided on 1 July 2020 that persons who enter Switzerland from certain areas from 6 July 2020 have to go into quarantine for ten days. Persons who travel to a risk area after 6 July and have to go into quarantine upon their return to Switzerland are not entitled to corona loss of income compensation.

Information sheet «6.03 – corona lost earnings compensation» 
The information sheet is only available online. There is no print version.

For further information, please consult our website or contact us by E-Mail. At present, calling us doesn't serve any purpose, as we are working hard to implement these measures. Due to the current situation, it may take longer than usual to respond to your enquiry

Thank you for your understanding.

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