The EU Commission has recommended previously that the insurance coverage should not change due to COVID-19 restrictions for any person covered by the EU-Regulation.
Switzerland is applying this flexible approach in line with the EU recommendation. This means that a person is considered to be employed in Switzerland even if they cannot physically carry out their activity here. This applies in particular to cross-border commuters working from home.
In view of the different situation in the individual countries, there is however no Europe-wide deadline for the flexible application of the rules. Therefore, Switzerland has concluded bilateral agreements with its neighbouring countries.
For Germany, France and Austria, the flexible application of the subordination rules was agreed until 31 December 2020. In the case of Italy, this was agreed until 31 October 2020.
For other countries, the flexible application also applies until the end of the year, unless otherwise agreed.
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