Posted: 15 Jun. 2022

Social Security Update: Switzerland Remote Work / Cross border commuters COVID-19 “no-impact” position extended until 31 December 2022. Expansion to all European Economic Area countries and Switzerland

Considering the impact COVID-19 is still having on travel and work arrangements and its consequences in terms of work patterns for cross-border commuters and assignees a-like, the social security authorities of all EEA countries and Switzerland have decided, in the framework of the Administrative Commission’s meeting of this week, to extend the “no-impact” position in view of determining the applicable social security legislation up until 31 December 2022.

This extension addresses the importance of remaining flexible during these times and allows companies and workers to better tackle possible social security effects generated by the pandemic and its aftermath, while waiting for the situation to stabilize.

In concrete terms, this means that changes in the work pattern resulting from the COVID-19 restriction measures, such as e.g. increased work time spent in the residence country other than the usual country of employment shall not impact the applicable social security legislation for these employees.

As this decision is taken at EU level, any COVID-19-related changes in the work pattern in a bilateral (or non-) treaty context should still be checked on a case-by-case basis.

An update on the website of the Swiss authorities will follow shortly and we will keep you updated of latest developments.

For further details, please feel free to reach out to our Swiss social security team.

Deloitte’s view

The extension of the “no impact” flexible rules for cross-border workers throughout Europe provides companies with the appropriate framework to handle the on-going influence COVID-19 is having on the workforce and allows for more flexibility than granted under current legislation Overall, this extension is a positive response by the authorities as it enables companies as well as their employees to better cope with the social security effects due to the Covid-19 pandemic and its aftermath.

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Authors: 

David Wigersma
Partner, Global Employer Services
dwigersma@deloitte.ch

Gloria Fehringer                                                                                                       

Senior Consultant, Global Employer Service                                                            gloriafehringer@deloitte.ch