Why companies do not subsequently apply for corona funds

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Companies can apply for corona funds afterwards, but hardly ever do it – why?

Companies can submit applications to subsequently request short-time work compensation to which they are entitled. The submission TBEN has been moved from the end of October to the end of December. The reason: Too few applications have been received so far.

Many guest companies could subsequently apply for short-time work for their employees’ days off and vacation, but they don’t do it.

Sandra Ardizzone

In mid-August, the Office for Economics and Labor was literally overrun. The reason: a decision of the Federal Supreme Court. This found that companies that were entitled to short-time work during the lockdown should also have been compensated for days off and holidays. Companies, especially restaurants and other commercial businesses, had until the end of October to subsequently apply for the funds from the cantonal Office for Economic Affairs and Labor (AWA).

In the first days after the verdict, the Aargau AWA received 360 inquiries: A considerable amount of additional work, as the AZ reported at the time. The TBEN has now been extended to the end of the year. The reason? Nationwide, only a few applications have been received by the responsible offices.

Are companies doing well?

As of the end of October, 1746 applications had been received by the AWA, writes the deputy head of office Giovanni Pelloni on request. “We didn’t know exactly how many companies would subsequently claim the short-time work compensation, but we expected more,” explains the official. Therefore: “Due to the rather small number of applications until the end of October, the company wanted to be given an additional period.”

Pelloni cannot say exactly why there were so few applications. Has the economy recovered so much that it doesn’t even need the money? The administrative hurdles could have deterred traders: “I’ve heard the suspicion that it could be too complicated.”

The requests are too complicated

Perhaps by Bruno Lustenberger. The president of the GastroAargau association summarizes the situation as follows: “The application requirements are as if we were asking officials to cook a 17-point ‘Gault Millau’ menu.” In fact, the considerable additional workload of the Office for Economics and Labor in mid-August was also due to the fact that the vast majority of applications were incomplete or incorrect.

For the president of GastroAargau, the requests are too cumbersome for most innkeepers.

For the president of GastroAargau, the requests are too cumbersome for most innkeepers.

Sandra Ardizzone

That doesn’t surprise Lustenberger: “It was far too complicated for an average landlord who didn’t have any commercial training. He just can’t fill it in!” The federal government said that umpteen times without any effect.

But Bruno Lustenberger also sees another reason: “The innkeepers want to look ahead.” Now you can work again and have other things to do. “We have also been well supported and many no longer want to claim money from the state, but to move forward on their own two feet.”