COVID-19 Update – Employment: Hardship indemnities from the unemployment insurance in case of temporary decrease of the workload of companies
On March 13, 2020 and March 16, 2020, the Swiss Federal Council took the decision to introduce more stringent measures to protect the public against the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). There is no doubt that all these measures will have a direct and severe impact on the activities of many companies. Companies that are facing a temporary decrease of their workload may apply for hardship indemnities from the unemployment insurance in order to save on wage costs and prevent partial or complete unemployment of employees whose working hours are temporarily reduced. Aware of the difficulties currently encountered by companies, the Swiss Federal Council has decided on certain measures to simplify the application for hardship indemnities.