e c e m b e r 2 0 2 0 D s s u e C W 4 9 I COVERS MORE JOBS IN 2021 PROFESSIONS BRITAIN- GREAT GERMANY: SECURITY IMPACT ON SOCIAL ASSIGNMENTS INTERNATIONAL FREE SERVICE OF: A GLOBAL MOBILITY SOLUTIONS CONVINUS 70, 8001 ZÜRICH, SCHWEIZ TALSTRASSE / INFO@CONVINUS.COM WWW.CONVINUS.COM THE EU POSTED IMPLEMENT DIRECTIVE ENTER WORKERS N e w s f r o m t h e w o r l d o f g l o b a l m o b i l i t y As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, unemployment has risen significantly in 2020, which is why the Swiss Federal Council has extended the list of professions subject to compulsory registration in 2021. The new notifiable occupations belong mostly to the sectors that have been severely affected by the crisis, especially in the personal services, travel, art, and manufacturing sectors. The only criterion for the compulsory registration is that an unemployment rate of 5% in the respective industry is exceeded. The following professions will be subject to compulsory registration (by sector): Technical sales personnel (excluding information and communication technology), engineering Cooks, restaurant staff, cleaning staff in offices, hotels and other facilities, event managers, security staff, taxi drivers Welding specialists, watchmakers Sales and marketing managers Floor and tile layers Motor vehicle drivers (without truck drivers) Drivers of construction machinery Workers in the fisheries sector SWITZERLAND: TO REGISTER OBLIGATION The complete list is available on the website of arbeit.swiss, which also offers an online examination platform, the so-called Check-Up 2021 for employers. The Finnish Parliament has adopted amendments to the existing local legislation regarding posted workers, which will implement the revised EU Posted Workers directive. The new regulations will enter into force on December 1, 2020, with one exception concerning the dismissal of posted workers, which will only come into effect on October 1, 2021. The amendments to the Posted Workers regulations clarify especially how the salary of a worker posted to Finland has to be determined. Provisions of existing collective agreements must also be taken into account within the framework of an assignment contract. In addition, the actual notification by the employer to the Finnish authorities will change and has to contain much more details than it was the case until now. FINLAND: REGULATIONS TO REVISED A transitional period of 12 months will apply to current and ongoing postings before the new legislation has to be applied. It is expected that the changes will increase the administrative burden on employers. INTO FORCE As a result of the exit agreement between the UK and the 27 EU states, all previous social security regulations will continue to apply during the transition phase until 31 December 2020. From January 1, 2021, a distinction must be made between existing and new cases. For existing cases, the previous regulations will continue to apply after December 31, 2020. For international assignments from or to Germany that begin by December 31, 2020, the A1 certificate may be issued for a maximum of 24 months. For new cases occurring after January 1, 2021, the previous regulations are no longer valid. They must, therefore, be assessed according to the legal situation applicable at that time. For international assignments from or to Germany that begin after December 31, 2020, the exit agreement is no longer applicable. Thus, an A1 certificate may no longer be issued and for the time being, it will be necessary to observe the respective national rules on social security in Great Britain as well as in Germany. DUE TO BREXIT SWITZERLAND: CONTINGENTS FOR THE YEAR 2021 PERMIT On November 25, 2020, the Federal Council passed the partial revision of the Ordinance on Admission, Residence and Employment (VZAE) and stipulated the permit quotas for 2021. The 2021 quotas for employed citizens from third countries (4,500 B residence permits and 4,000 L short-term residence permits) and service providers from the EU / EFTA (500 B residence permits and 3,000 L short-term residence permits) were adopted unchanged from 2020. Separate quotas (2,100 B residence permits and 1,400 L short-term residence permits) have been set for 2021 for newly-moving, employed citizens from the United Kingdom (UK), as the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons between Switzerland and the European Union will no longer apply from January 1, 2021. The UK citizen contingents in 2021 will be released to the cantons on a quarterly basis. The 2021 quotas for working citizens from Croatia are 250 B residence permits and 2000 L short-term residence permits.