Covid-19 Information (EN)

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General information
In view of the public health crisis triggered by the Coronavirus pandemic, here is some information that we are currently able to give you. We are doing all that we can to update our website www.cheques-emploi.ch as the situation and official decisions change.

Nonetheless, only information issued and updated by the public authorities is reliable and EPER Chèques-emploi is not liable for the following information.

Basic health rules
In view of their general obligation to protect the health of workers, employers must take all necessary, applicable and adequate measures that can be reasonably required of them. Employers and employees must strictly observe the health and hygiene requirements issud by the Federal Council and the cantonal authorities.

Vulnerable people
Special attention is required for people who are considered vulnerable. These are people aged 65 and over, pregnant women and people with the following conditions: high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, immune dificiency due to illness or therapy, cancer, class III obesity.

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/fr/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/krankheit-symptome-behandlung-ursprung/besonders-gefaehrdete-menschen.html

For employers

What do I do if my employee(s) is/are ill?

If the employer has loss of income insurance, they will pay the salary for the first 30 days of incapacity for work as though the employee came to work.

As of the 31st day of incapacity for work, the insurance policy will pay daily allowances until the employee resumes work, for a maximum of 730 days.

If the employer does not have loss of income insurance, the employer must pay the employee’s salary for:

  • 3 weeks in the first year of employment
  • 1 month in the second year of employment
  • 2 months in the third and fourth years of employment
  • 3 months in the fifth to ninth years of employment
  • 4 months in the 10th to 14th years of employment
  • etc. (Berne scale)

What do I do if my employee is in quarantine?

Employees in quarantine who must stop paid work are entitled to a maximum of 10 Covid-19 allowances for loss of income. They must apply for this from the AVS insurance fund using the forms provided below.

- The allowance rises to 80% of average gross income from paid work received in the 3 months prior to the start of the claim.

- The allowance is supplementary. If the recipient is already in receipt of another social security benefit (e.g. unemployment benefit) or a private allowance (e.g. medical insurance for loss of earning), he or she may not claim this allowance.

- The allowance must be repaid to the employer if they paid the salary during the quarantine period.

Form to be completed online by the employee:

https://form.ahv-iv.ch/ahv/jsp/front.jsp?app=AHV-IV&form=318_759_vers_17-09-2020&lang=fr

PDF: https://www.ahv-iv.ch/Portals/0/Documents/Formulare/EO-MSE/318.758.vers.25-03-2020_F_web.pdf?ver=2020-03-25-120600-513

to be sent to the following email address: apgcovid@avs22.vd.ch

Chèques-emploi is a member of the Caisse cantonale vaudoise de compensation AVS (22) and its membership number is 1500 799-60.

What do I do if I am in quarantine?

The employer cannot use the services of his or her employee due to mandatory isolation. He or she will pay the employee’s salary as though they had come to work normally.

What do I do if my employee went abroad?

The Federal Council decided that, after 6 July 2020 any person entering Swizerland from a country or zone with a high risk of infection must enter a 10-day quarantine.

The list of countries and regions concerned is updated regularly by the Federal Office of Public Health at:

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/fr/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende/quarantaene-einreisende.html#-202677888

Link to translation in several languages: https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/fr/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/faq-kontakte-downloads/downloads-in-verschiedenen-sprachen.html

  1. The employee is not entitled to an allowance if, at the time of departure, the country was already on the list of States and territories at high risk of infection.
  2. The employee is entitled to a Covid-19 allowance for loss of income if he or she had to be quarantined for no fault of their own. This means that, at the time of department, the destination was not on the list of states and territories at high risk of infection and the employee could not know, following an official annoucement, that their destination would be added to this list during their journey.

Form to be completed online:

https://form.ahv-iv.ch/ahv/jsp/front.jsp?app=AHV-IV&form=318_759_vers_17-09-2020&lang=fr

PDF :https://www.ahv-iv.ch/Portals/0/Documents/Formulare/EO-MSE/318.758.vers.25-03-2020_F_web.pdf?ver=2020-03-25-120600-513

to be sent to the following email address: apgcovid@avs22.vd.ch

Chèques-emploi is a member of the Caisse cantonale vaudoise de compensation AVS (22) and its membership number is 1500 799-60.

What do I do if return from an overseas trip and have to quarantine?

In the case of quarantine, the employer is in isolation and cannot receive his or her employee at home.

The employer must continue to pay the salary agreed as though the employee came to work normally.

What do I do if I am ill or if I am an at-risk person?

In the case of illness, the employer is in isolation and cannot receive his or her employee at home.

The employer must continue to pay the salary agreed as though the employee came to work normally.

If the employer is a vulnerable person and he or she stops receiving their employee as he or she cannot ensure that health recommendations will be applied, he or she will pay the salary agreed as though the employee came to work.

What do I do if my employee is an at-risk person?

The employer will allow his or her vulnerable employees to perform their professional duties from their home.

If this is impossible, the employer will allocate equivalent replacement tasks that they can perform from their home. If the presence of vulnerable employees on site is essential, they can carry out their usual or replacement work on site, provided the following terms are met:

a. any close contact with other persons is avoided, with a minimum distance of at least 1.50 m being consistently observed.

b. if close contact is sometimes unavoidable, suitable protection measures must be taken by applying the STOP principle (Substitution, Technical measures, Organizational and Personal protective equipment). The employee concerned may refuse to complete a task allocated to him or her if the employer does not meet these conditions.

If it is not possible for the employees concerned to work in accordance with the principles mentioned above, the employer will exempt them from work while continuing the payment of their salary.

What do I do if I do not want my employee to come to work?

The employer will pay their employee’s salary as though he or she has come to work normally and cannot ask them to take holidays or to work these hours later.

What do I do if my employee does not come to work?

He or she will not be entitled to their salary as it is their choice not to work, unless the employer does not comply with hygiene rules intended to protect staff and does not take the necessary protection measures.

Can I ask for reduced working hours for my employee?

Currently, no. At its press conference on 8 April 2020, the Federal Council announced that employers of domestic employees would not be entitled to seek short-time working.  It considers a claim for reduced working hours for this category of employee to be too complicated:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jBFooTl-K0&list=PLEnHzNShzOwbxmvpk7ajVhE3m1mO6h6p9&index=8&t=0s (minutes 27:00 to 30:00)

When do I ask for a medical certificate?

Given that the health system is overburdened, the obligation to provide a medical certificate should be more flexible (after 5 days instead of the usual 3); however, note that in the case of a long-term illness, it is the date of the start of incapacity for work that must be mentioned on the medical certificate that will be used for a claim for medical insurance for loss of income.

Only medical certificates declaring incapacity for work grant the right to the daily allowances for medical insurance for loss of income as of the 31st day.

What is a medical assessment?

Medical assessments that state that an employee is a vulnerable person do not grant any right to the daily allowances for medical insurance for loss of income. The employer will pay the salary, according to item “What do I do if my employee is an at-risk person”?

For employees

What do I do if I am ill?

If the employer has loss of income insurance, they will pay the salary for the first 30 days of incapacity for work as though the employee came to work. As of the 31st day of incapacity for work, the insurance policy will pay daily allowances until the employee resumes work, for a maximum of 730 days.

If the employer does not have loss of income insurance, the employer must pay the employee’s salary for:

  • 3 weeks in the first year of employment
  • 1 month in the second year of employment
  • 2 months in the third and fourth years of employment
  • 3 months in the fifth to ninth years of employment
  • 4 months in the 10th to 14th years of employment
  • etc. (Berne scale)

 

What do I do if I am in quarantine?

Employees in quarantine who must stop paid work are entitled to a maximum of 10 Covid-19 allowances for loss of income. They must apply for this from the AVS insurance fund using the forms provided below.

- The allowance rises to 80% of average gross income from paid work received in the 3 months prior to the start of the claim.

- The allowance is supplementary. If the recipient is already in receipt of another social security benefit (e.g. unemployment benefit) or a private allowance (e.g. medical insurance for loss of earning), he or she may not claim this allowance.

- The allowance must be repaid to the employer if they paid the salary during the quarantine period.

Form to be completed online by the employee:

https://form.ahv-iv.ch/ahv/jsp/front.jsp?app=AHV-IV&form=318_759_vers_17-09-2020&lang=fr

PDF :https://www.ahv-iv.ch/Portals/0/Documents/Formulare/EO-MSE/318.758.vers.25-03-2020_F_web.pdf?ver=2020-03-25-120600-513

to be sent to the following email address: apgcovid@avs22.vd.ch

Chèques-emploi is a member of the Caisse cantonale vaudoise de compensation AVS (22) and its membership number is 1500 799-60.

What do I do if I return from an overseas trip?

The Federal Council decided that, after 6 July 2020 any person entering Swizerland from a country or zone with a high risk of infection must enter a 10-day quarantine.

The list of countries and regions concerned is updated regularly by the Federal Office of Public Health at:

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/fr/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende/quarantaene-einreisende.html#-202677888

Link to translation in several languages: https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/fr/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/faq-kontakte-downloads/downloads-in-verschiedenen-sprachen.html

  1. The employee is not entitled to an allowance if, at the time of departure, the country was already on the list of States and territories at high risk of infection.
  2. The employee is entitled to a Covid-19 allowance for loss of income if he or she had to be quarantined for no fault of their own. This means that, at the time of department, the destination was not on the list of states and territories at high risk of infection and the employee could not know, following an official annoucement, that their destination would be added to this list during their journey.

Form to be completed online:

https://form.ahv-iv.ch/ahv/jsp/front.jsp?app=AHV-IV&form=318_759_vers_17-09-2020&lang=fr

PDF :https://www.ahv-iv.ch/Portals/0/Documents/Formulare/EO-MSE/318.758.vers.25-03-2020_F_web.pdf?ver=2020-03-25-120600-513

to be sent to the following email address: apgcovid@avs22.vd.ch

Chèques-emploi is a member of the Caisse cantonale vaudoise de compensation AVS (22) and its membership number is 1500 799-60.

What do I do if my employer is in quarantine?

The employer cannot use the services of his or her employee due to the mandatory isolation. He or she will pay the employee’s salary as though they had come to work normally.

What do I do if my employer returns from an overseas trip and is in quarantine?

The employer cannot use the services of his or her employee due to mandatory isolation. He or she will pay the employee’s salary as though they had come to work normally.

 The Federal Council decided that, after 6 July 2020, any person entering Swizerland from a country or zone with a high risk of infection must enter a 10-day quarantine.

The list of countries and regions concerned is updated regularly by the Federal Office of Public Health at:

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/fr/home/krankheiten/ausbrueche-epidemien-pandemien/aktuelle-ausbrueche-epidemien/novel-cov/empfehlungen-fuer-reisende/quarantaene-einreisende.html#-202677888

What do I do if my employer is an at-risk person?

In the case of illness, the employer is isolating and cannot receive his or her employee at home.

The employer must continue to pay the salary agreed as though the employee came to work normally.

If the employer is a vulnerable person and he or she stops receiving their employee as he or she cannot ensure that health recommendations will be applied, he or she will pay the salary agreed as though the employee came to work.

What do I do if I am an at-risk person?

The employer will allow his or her vulnerable employees to perform their professional duties from their home.

If this is impossible, the employer will allocate equivalent replacement tasks that they can perform from their home. If the presence of vulnerable employees on site is essential, they can carry out their usual or replacement work on site, provided the following terms are met:

a. any close contact with other persons is avoided, with a minimum distance of at least 1.50 m being consistently observed.

b. if close contact is sometimes unavoidable, suitable protection measures must be taken by applying the STOP principle (Substitution, Technical measures, Organizational and Personal protective equipment). The employee concerned may refuse to complete a task allocated to him or her if the employer does not meet these conditions.

If it is not possible for the employees concerned to work in accordance with the principles mentioned above, the employer will exempt them from work while continuing the payment of their salary.

 

What do I do if my employer does not want me to go to work?

The employer will pay their employee’s salary as though he or she has come to work normally and cannot ask them to take holidays or to work these hours later.

What do I do if I do not go to work?

The employee will not be entitled to their salary as it is their choice not to work, unless the employer does not comply with hygiene rules intended to protect staff and does not take the necessary protection measures.

Can my employer seek reduced working hours?

Currently, no. At its press conference on 8 April 2020, the Federal Council announced that employers of domestic employees would not be entitled to seek short-time working.  It considers a claim for reduced working hours for this category of employee to be too complicated:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jBFooTl-K0&list=PLEnHzNShzOwbxmvpk7ajVhE3m1mO6h6p9&index=8&t=0s (minutes 27:00 to 30:00)

When do I ask for a medical certificate?

Given that the health system is overburdened, the obligation to provide a medical certificate should be more flexible (after 5 days instead of the usual 3); however, note that in the case of a long-term illness, it is the date of the start of incapacity for work that must be mentioned on the medical certificate that will be used for a claim for medical insurance for loss of income.

Only medical certificates declaring incapacity for work grant the right to the daily allowances for medical insurance for loss of income as of the 31st day.

What is a medical assessment?

Medical assessments that state that an employee is a vulnerable person do not grant any right to the daily allowances for medical insurance for loss of income. The employer will pay the salary, according to item “What do I do if I am an at-risk person?”.

Other links
Vaud COVID-19 information: https://www.vd.ch/toutes-les-actualites/hotline-et-informations-sur-le-coronavirus/

Labour Inspectorates:
Lausanne: https://www.lausanne.ch/vie-pratique/travail/protection-des-travailleurs.html

Vaud: https://www.vd.ch/toutes-les-autorites/departements/departement-de-leconomie-de-linnovation-et-du-sport-deis/service-de-lemploi-sde/#c2064530

Note: the information provided above is likely to change very quickly with the developing situation. We thus advise you to keep yourself informed through the websites of the canton of Vaud www.vd.ch and the Confederation https://www.admin.ch. EPER-Chèques-emploi is not liable for the information provided above in accordance with clause 3 of its General Terms.