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Covid-19 Federal Coronavirus Employment Support

The Swiss Federal government announced a variety of measures to support employers and employees impacted by the Coronavirus Covid-19 shutdown and restrictions. Included in the three components to the Swiss Federal government’s special financial support program of CHF 10 billion includes: 1. Short-time-work (Kurzarbeit): this is for CHF 8 billion and is discussed above. 2. Hardship Financing: The government will offer short-term financing, either as loans and/ or grants, to SMEs, including self-employed, for those in dire straits. Hospitality workers and others on hourly wages were dramatically affected in an almost immediate way. Hence this need to address the social issues caused by the country shut-down and its immediate economic impact. Kurzarbeit – Hourly workers – GmbH or Ag Shareholders The Kurzarbeit process involves these steps: Employer applies for short-time-work financial support using the new simplified form. Swiss government (ALV insurance fund) approves it. Employee agrees to accept the 80% Kurzarbeit. SECO – Short-Time working amended form for Corona-Virus Covid-19  The 2 forms which require attention are: Voranmeldung von Kurzarbeit Antrag auf Kurzarbeitsentschädigung If the employee does not agree to the 80% Kurzarbeit offered by the employer, it is likely that the employee would have their contract terminated. They could

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