During the last couple of months, many cross-borders commuters have been working from home and while doing so, became ‘multistate workers’ in the sense of the EU-Regulation.
As you may know, Switzerland has concluded bilateral agreements with its neighbouring countries to avoid that the work performed by the cross-border commuters from home during the period where the COVID-19 restrictions were imposed, will trigger a change in the applicable social security legislation. This means that these employees will remain subject to the Swiss social security system instead of becoming subject to the social security system of their home country.
However, the European Commission has stated previously that this exception ‘assumes’ that the cross-borders commuters are already in the possession of an A1 certificate (issued under article 13 of the EU-Regulation) which exempts them from contributing to the home country social security system.
Indeed, as soon as the cross-border commuter performs at least 5% of their employment activities regularly in a member state other than their country of employment, they are regarded as multistate workers and should be in the possession of an A1 certificate.
We recommend reviewing whether you, as an employer, have applied for A1 certificates for your cross-border commuters who work regularly at least 5% in another member state, and rectify this if necessary.
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When a foreign company enters the Swiss market, various matters must be observed to be compliant in Switzerland. As an employer, it is important that all Swiss employer obligations are met, and the Swiss labor law is adhered to.
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