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Entitlement to unemployment insurance more closely linked to work history

Country of implementation
General short description of the innovation
- Different contributory periods entitle to different benefit durations. In 2011, the minimum contribution period necessary to be entitled to the 400 daily allowances (about 18 months) was raised from 12 to 18 months. A 12-month contribution period only e
Target group
Total Population
Policy Field
  • employment
Type of Policy
  • public
Duration of the policy
in force since 2011
Scope of innovation
  • Scope: structural
  • Budgets: in 2010, the measures were expected to bring about cost savings of about 310 mios CHF each year ? 255 mios Euros.
  • Number of intended beneficiaries: unknown
  • Spatial coverage: national
General description of (intended) objectives and strategies
The reform mainly aimed to achieve cost savings by making benefit entitlement more contingent upon previous contribution periods, and reducing benefit entitlement, especially for the young unemployed (15-24) and those previously exempt from contribution requirements.
Nature of the innovation-short-term perspective
Type of ideal-typical strategy for the innovation
  • dualisation
Type of innovation
  • retrenchment or expansion of an existing/earlier policy
New outputs
  • benefit duration (made more closely linked to contribution records and age)
  • benefit eligibility (access to unemployment insurance made more difficult for young graduates and homemakers wishing to return onto the labour market )
Intended target group
The unemployed, and more specifically young people under 25 years old and those entering the labour market and who do not satisfy contribution requirements (young graduates and homemakers with caring responsibilities). Older unemployed are also affected in as much as entitlement to the maximum benefit duration is subjected to new contributory requirements.
Working age population
  • main source of income: social protection (Unemployment benefits)
Actors involved in policy-making/implementation and/or evaluation
  • central state
Intended output
  • benefit duration (reduced benefit duration for those with shorter contribution periods )
  • benefit eligibility (restricted access for those entering the labour market and exempted from contribution periods )
Clarification of outcomes in terms of impacting resilience and labour market inclusion
The group of the elderly has been less affected by the reform than initially feared by opponents to the reform
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