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Am I entitled to a compensation as a self-employed?

As a self-employed person, am I entitled to compensation for my loss of earnings? MyRight has the answer.

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Am I entitled to compensation for loss of earnings as a self-employed person?

Updated on March 18, 2021

MyRight helps you understand whether your business is a type of business for which compensation can be claimed and how to proceed. In the overview of measures regarding compensation of loss of earnings due to the coronavirus pandemic, you can find more information on how you can claim compensation for loss of earnings as a directly or indirectly affected company.

Will the compensation for loss of earnings be paid to my company automatically?

No, you must apply for it. To do so, use the compensation form and submit it to your local compensation fund. You can download the form here.

Where do I submit the form for compensation for loss of earnings?

You can submit it at your local compensation fund. In other words, at the cantonal compensation fund or the compensation fund for associations.

Are benefits paid retroactively?

The benefits are paid retroactively on a monthly basis. Please note that you must reapply for compensation every month. 

How is the amount of compensation calculated?

The compensation is 80 percent of the average gross income from gainful employment achieved before entitlement to the compensation begins, but not more than CHF 196 per day. 
Example: For an annual income of CHF 50,000, the daily rate is CHF 111 (50,000*0.8/360).

From when and for how long can I receive compensation for loss of earnings?

Entitlement begins on the day on which all eligibility criteria are met (March 17, 2020 at the earliest). The entitlement ends on the day on which the eligibility criteria are no longer met, but no later than June 30, 2021.

Can I get compensation for loss of earnings even though I receive other benefits?

The compensation is subsidiary. This means that if you are already receiving benefits from other insurance companies or your salary is still being paid out, you are not entitled to compensation.

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