The entire working population of Switzerland, except those who are self-employed, are insured for unemployment as a mandatory requirement. The obligation to pay contributions is regulated by the federal act on OASI. The income is insured by the unemployment insurance scheme (UI) for those who earn an average monthly income of at least CHF 500.
The self-employed are not insured.
The insurance entitlement also does not apply to persons who are not self-employed but who, in their position as a partner (e.g. in a company of the form AG or GmbH), and as participants in the financing of the business, or as members of a top-level operational decision-making committee, determine or can significantly influence the decisions of the employer; this also applies to their spouses if they also work for the company. You can ask at your unemployment insurance fund for more details.
If you are Swiss, or a foreign national with a long-term residence permit in Switzerland, and you had been working abroad as an employee, or you studied abroad, please see Question 2.
The entitlement to unemployment benefit (UB) ends on reaching the statutory retirement age or when drawing an old-age pension (OASI).
If you live with a partner of the same gender in a registered partnership you will have the same entitlement as a spouse (PartG, Swiss Act on Registered Partnerships).