Revisions to the Unemployment Insurance Act (UIA)

On 24 January, the Federal Council decided that the amendments to the Unemployment Insurance Act (UIA) and Unemployment Insurance Ordinance (UIO) on short-time working compensation for workplace trainers would enter into force retroactively from 1 January 2024.

This partial revision to the UIA, which was adopted by Parliament on 29 September 2023, allows workplace trainers who receive short-time working compensation to continue supervising apprentices in the workplace if their training cannot be guaranteed any other way. The entry into force of these new provisions is designed to ensure that apprentices’ workplace training is not interrupted if their host company puts in place short-time working. The amended UIA regulates the deadline for submitting the authorisation for workplace trainers.

These legislative amendments are being made in response to the adoption by Parliament of motion 16.3884 submitted by Manfred Bühler in June 2019.

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.

On 29 November 2023, the Federal Council also approved the bill and dispatch on the partial revision of the Unemployment Insurance Act (UIA) ‘Unemployment funds compensation system’. In particular, the partial revision will establish legal clarity around the compensation system for the administrative costs of unemployment insurance funds. It therefore responds to Motion Müller 20.3665 ‘Transparency in the unemployment insurance funds’. At the same time, by extending participation in workplace training, 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 procedure ran from 9 December 2022 to 20 March 2023. The Federal Council has also taken note of the report on the results of the consultation. Parliament will debate this legal amendment from its 2024 spring session.

Arbeitslosenkassen sollen effizienter und transparenter werden (Medienmitteilung des Bundesrates, 29.11.2023)

The report on the results of the consultation and 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)