The Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Skilled Trades and Crafts propose six measures to help self-employed workers deal with the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The measures would affect social security and labour law: The goal is to improve the overall status of self-employed workers and eliminate the disparities between self-employed workers and employees, according to a statement published on Tuesday.

The Chambers' six proposals are as follows:

1. making it easier for self-employed persons to combine an early old-age pension with professional income by introducing a single anti-accumulation rule (for self-employed workers and employees)

2. better define the status of the assisting spouse by adapting the maximum contribution threshold of the assisting spouse, introducing a tiered model and repealing the "income splitting principle"

3. promoting the affiliation of self-employed people to the Employers' Mutual Insurance

4. extending the benefit of "partial unemployment", "weather-related unemployment" and "involuntary or temporary unemployment" to the self-employed (via the introduction of a replacement income subject to strict conditions of attribution)

5. adapting the full unemployment scheme to the self-employed so as to bring it more into line with that of employees

6. introducing a professional reclassification scheme for the self-employed inspired by the existing scheme for accidents at work and occupational diseases of the self-employed in order to cover the loss of (temporary) income and output.