As a Flex Worker in times of COVID-19 – what are the options?
As Switzerland’s largest flex worker platform, we are aware that the current situation surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak is hitting hardest the workers who are paramount to the flexibility of our economy.
In this article we want to show you:
- What legal options are available to flex workers, our Coopers
- What we as a company are doing to improve your situation
What options are available to Cooplers in this situation?
Below are the various options available to flex workers in the legal context and information on admission criteria and procedures.
SHORT-TIME WORK COMPENSATION (KAE)
On 20 March 2020, the Swiss Federal Council decided to extend the entitlement to short-time working compensation to people working for staffing agencies like Coople. However, the criteria for registration are narrow, meaning that many of our Cooplers are unfortunately not eligible. If it is possible for you to register, you will have received a separate message from us asking for your consent to short-time work. If you have not received such a message, you still have the option of contacting your relevant RAV for financial support.
REGIONAL EMPLOYMENT CENTRES (RAV)
When looking for a job, you are entitled to the services of the regional employment centres (RAV) free of charge. They encourage you to re-enter the labour market quickly. However, you can only claim unemployment insurance (ALV) benefits if you are registered with the RAV and are looking for work.
The following groups are entitled to advice on finding a job:
- People with a valid work permit for Switzerland
- Persons with a valid settlement or residence permit
Additionally, you are entitled to additional financial support from the ALV if you meet the following criteria:
- Persons who have worked for at least 12 months within the last 2 years and paid ALV contributions (automatically deducted from Coople’s salary)
Important: If you need an employer certificate for this, please write a short message to email@example.com with the subject “employer certificate”.
You can find your responsible RAV here.
More than 270,000 people in Switzerland receive social assistance. Social assistance is the support system in place when someone can no longer find work, all assets have been used up and none of the social insurance schemes are responsible. Around one third of those of working age receiving social assistance are wholly or partially employed. However, their income is not enough to cover their living costs.
All Swiss residents are entitled to social assistance. The decisive factor is the neediness or the existence of an emergency, not the cause of the emergency.
Social assistance is only of subsidiary importance. In other words, before social assistance can be claimed, one’s own resources (income, assets and own labour, benefits from third parties, insurance benefits and maintenance claims) must be exhausted.
Further important information and answers to the most frequently asked questions can be found directly at the Swiss Conference on Social Welfare (SKOS), though please note that the site is only available in DE, FR and IT. Please contact the SKOS directly with specific questions about your personal situation.
What is Coople doing to improve my situation?
It is very important to us that you – our Cooplers – understand that we are well aware of how difficult the current situation is for many of you. However, our hands are tied by legislation as well as instructions from the Swiss government and we cannot implement new regulations, such as short-time work, as quickly as we would like to.
As a flexible recruiter, we are always anxious to connect employees with open jobs in companies in a goal-oriented and fast way. In the current situation we are therefore focusing strongly on the acquisition of new customers and the implementation of partnerships in the highly demanded areas of retail, logistics, delivery services, call centers, security services, health and agriculture, in order to be able to offer you additional jobs as quickly as possible.
We have already been able to successfully implement this strategy in a very short time – and you can benefit from this:
- Cooperation between Swiss companies and agricultural associations to secure the 2020 harvest → Read the press release here.
Add the Promoter job profile so that you can soon apply for Coople jobs in the agricultural sector.
Not a Coopler yet, but want to help save the 2020 harvest? Then register right here and create your Coopler profile with CV, certificates and other relevant documents. Make sure you also select the Promoter job profile so that you can view our agricultural jobs once they arrive on the platform.
- New acquisition of national supermarket chains
Thanks to your steadfast motivation, we were able to cover the increased personnel requirements of several large supermarket chains in all regions of Switzerland and thus secure further orders and incoming jobs. Thanks to this cooperation, we have already been able to offer you more than 2’300 new jobs in the areas of checkout, logistics and security. This is also your victory!
- New acquisition of large online retailers
Once again, thanks to your commitment to us, we acquired several new customers to rely on our Cooplers in the future during peak demand periods. Through this cooperation we have already been able to offer you more than 200 new jobs in the logistics sector.
How to find flexible work in the next weeks
Read this short blog post and add more job profiles that are currently in high demand.
We also recommend you to use this time to update your documents, fill out your Coopler profile completely, upload all documents and add a profile picture. It is important that you are ready to start as soon as the situation on the job market returns to normal. It also helps if you regularly open the app and proactively search for jobs. This way you will always be the first to know when there are new jobs, and you will also get more jobs sent to you, as activity is an important factor in our algorithm.
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