31 Mar Covid 2020 31.3.2020
Information on the Covid-19 pandemic
On 20 March 2020, the Federal Council decided on a comprehensive package of measures to cushion the economic consequences of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
We are pleased to inform you about the most important points, which affect the pension fund business in particular.
Avanea has also adapted to the extraordinary situation. We have switched to a home office, whereby the office in Wädenswil is occupied by one person during business hours. The day-to-day business and in particular the monthly pension payments are thus ensured at all times. Offers are processed promptly as usual.
The short-time work has no effect on the extent of the pension contributions.
As long as the employer’s obligation to continue to pay the salary according to Art. 324a CO exists, there is no adjustment of the insured salary in the occupational benefit scheme.
In principle, pension law does not provide for the possibility of deferring pension contributions.
Avanea deals with this extraordinary crisis situation as follows:
Business transactions requiring approval and general legal transactions
In the current situation, legal transactions requiring approval, such as cash payment of termination benefits, lump-sum withdrawals, advance withdrawals for capital accumulation, etc., are at risk because the certification counters in many places are closed until further notice.
The certification orders must be submitted by post, which may lead to time bottlenecks.
We ask insured persons to contact us by telephone in advance in order to clarify the specific situation and its urgency.
Temporary use of employer contribution reserves
In recent days, the Federal Council has decided that employers may temporarily use any “employer contribution reserves” that may be available to pay employee contributions.
This measure is intended to make it easier for employers to bridge liquidity bottlenecks.
This measure has no impact on employees.
Unfortunately, Avanea has not been spared from the losses on the international financial markets. We are constantly monitoring the situation and have taken the necessary measures to be able to guarantee pension benefits and generally sufficient liquidity at all times.
Currently (31.3.2020), the performance of investment model 30 is around -12.5% and around -8% for investment model 20. Avanea continues to be in a solid position due to the very good investment results in recent years.