Compensation for civil service must be calculated realistically
The calculation of the income compensation to be paid to persons performing civil service must be based on a realistic basis. The Federal Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the Federal Social Insurance Office, which challenged the amount of compensation paid to a young man with a bachelor’s degree in economics.
The Basel court had based its decision on the salary of an economist and calculated a hypothetical salary. It rejected the young man’s trainee wage on the grounds that he would take up a better-paid position after completing his civil service.
The Federal Supreme Court rejected this view. Compensation for loss of earnings is to be assessed according to the salary that the insured person received before going into service. (Source: BGE 9C_586/2021 of 2.8.2022)