The financial situation of unemployment insurance should have recovered sufficiently by the end of 2022 so that the solidarity percentage can be automatically abolished by law from 2023
Monday 17 October 2022 – 12:50
Since 2011, a so-called solidarity percentage has been charged on higher salary levels as a contribution to the a-kassen’s debt restructuring. The economic situation of the unemployment insurance should have recovered sufficiently by the end of 2022, so that the solidarity percentage can be automatically abolished by law from 2023. This will help to relieve the companies in the economic context.
Unemployment insurance (AC) is mainly financed by social contributions from employees and employers. Up to a limit of 148,200 francs, the AC contribution rate is 2.2% of the determining annual salary.
At the beginning of the millennium, CA experienced a financial imbalance and high indebtedness for structural reasons. In 2011, as part of a review of the Law on Unemployment Insurance (LACI), the legislature introduced a solidarity contribution to accelerate the reduction of UI. The solidarity contribution is one percent of the part of the salary above 148,200 francs. CA thus collected up to 400 million francs in additional contributions per year.
The legal basis disappears automatically
According to current legal provisions, the solidarity contribution can be collected until the equity capital of the CA compensation fund exceeds the threshold of 2.5 billion francs at the end of the year. Current AC figures show that this threshold will be reached by the end of 2022. Likewise, the right to deduct the solidarity percentage will automatically be abolished by law on 1 January 2023.
Information for companies on the ACP replacement funds
It is important that companies and employees are informed in good time about this change to the social insurance contributions. It is AVS – or the Federal Agency for Social Insurance (OFAS), which is responsible for AVS – that is responsible for this. The AVS replacement funds will inform employers in good time about the employee contributions to AC that apply from 1 January 2023.
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