EasyGov.swiss supporting the digitalisation process of the Federal Supervisory Board for Foundations and enabling online work permit applications for cross-border commuters

The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) is again enhancing EasyGov.swiss, the online desk for companies. An extended range of services will be activated from 24 May. It will now be possible to process cross-border commuter permits for EU/EFTA nationals with the pilot cantons of Thurgau and Zurich. Furthermore, foundations under the supervision of the Federal Supervisory Board for Foundations (FSBF) will be able to submit transactions such as annual reports online via EasyGov.

Employers intending to employ or deploy foreign workers in Switzerland are required to notify the authorities or obtain a work permit. EasyGov supports companies in preparing these applications or notifications and sends the documents to the relevant authority. The current update allows applications for a cross-border commuter permit (Permit G) for EU/EFTA nationals to be submitted online, initially in the pilot cantons of Thurgau and Zurich.

The plan is to enable further categories of work permit to be processed online in successive stages over the next few years. The registration procedure for employing provisionally admitted persons and recognised refugees has been possible online in all 26 cantons since August 2021. Cross-border commuter permits are expected to follow at the end of this year or in the course of 2023 for further pilot cantons, namely Aargau, Basel-Stadt and St. Gallen. This will be followed by permits for workers from third countries and posted workers (service providers from the EU/EFTA and third countries). The long-term goal is to facilitate the registration and authorisation process in all 26 cantons.

Cooperation with the Federal Supervisory Board for Foundations (FSBF)
The Federal Supervisory Board for Foundations (FSBF) will roll out new digital functions at the same time as the current release of EasyGov as part of its ‘eESA’ digitalisation project. This will result in changes to the FSBF’s internal processes and will also affect the way in which foundations and auditing companies communicate with the FSBF. Until now, foundations have primarily been able to communicate with the FSBF by post or email. With the current update of EasyGov, foundations will have the option of processing eESA services via the EasyGov platform and using it for all their specific transactions with the FSBF and other authorities, such as the Commercial Register or the OASI Compensation Fund. In particular, annual reporting can be completed electronically without media discontinuity. As of the end of February, around 400 foundations had already registered on EasyGov.

Integration of SICHEM, the tool for the safe use of chemicals
SICHEM helps businesses to exercise their legal duty of care with regard to the use of chemicals in the workplace. SICHEM users will be able to gain an overview of the health hazard properties of the chemicals used in the company, see indications regarding legal restrictions and thus correctly identify the necessary protective measures for employees. The tool is primarily aimed at small and medium-sized companies. This will allow companies to generate a list of the chemical products stored and in use. Further functions will be rolled out over the next few years.

Services offered by EasyGov.swiss Version 1.9:
EasyGov.swiss – The online desk for companies

Fabian Maienfisch, Dep. Head of Communications and Press Spokesperson
State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO
Tel. +41 58 462 40 20, fabian.maienfisch@seco.admin.ch

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