Revisions to the Unemployment Insurance Act (UIA)

In response to motion 16.3884 submitted by Manfred Bühler and adopted by Parliament, the Federal Council approved a bill and dispatch on the partial revision of the Unemployment Insurance Act (UIA) on 15 February 2023 concerning short-time working compensation for workplace trainers. This revision provides that workplace trainers who receive short-time working compensation can continue training apprentices to avoid interrupting training during short-time working. Parliament will debate the amendment from the 2023 summer session.

Mehr Unterstützung für Berufsbildnerinnen und Berufsbildner (Medienmitteilung des Bundesrates, 15.02.2023)

The report on the results of the consultation (in German) is available at Abgeschlossene Vernehmlassungen - 2022.

The Federal Council opened the consultation procedure on the second partial revision of the Unemployment Insurance Act (UIA) on 9 December 2022. In particular, the partial revision will establish legal clarity around the compensation system for the administrative costs of unemployment insurance funds and will extend participation in workplace training for young adults. It therefore responds to Motion Müller 20.3665 ‘Transparency in the unemployment insurance funds’. At the same time, it implements the optimisation potential regarding unemployment insurance offers for young adults, which was identified in the Federal Council report in response to postulate 20.3480. The consultation closed on 20 March 2023. The report on the results of the consultation is currently being drafted and is to be adopted by the Federal Council together with the bill and the dispatch to Parliament by the end of 2023.

The comments received (in German) are available at Abgeschlossene Vernehmlassungen - 2022 (

Completed revisions

The Federal Council decided on 26 May that the amendments to the Unemployment Insurance Act (UIA) will enter into force on 1 July 2021. The amendments simplify the regulations on short-time working compensation and reduce the administrative burden on businesses. The Federal Council also enacted the corresponding amendment to the Unemployment Insurance Ordinance (UIO) and the new UI Information System Ordinance as of the same date. 

Unemployment Insurance Act: Federal Council enacts amendments (Press release in German, 26.05.2021)