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Federal Act on the Institution for the Administration of the Swiss Federal Social Security Funds AHV, IV and EO
(Social Security Funds Act)
of 16 June 2017 (Status as of 1 January 2018)
4 The Federal Council determines its (compenswiss [the Instituion] seat.
The management bodies of the Institution are:
- the Board of Directors;
- the Executive Board;
- the Auditor.
1 The Board of Directors is the supreme governing body.
2 It comprises eleven qualified members, who must guarantee irreproachable business conduct. Swiss employer and employee associations and the Confederation must be appropriately represented.
3 The Federal Council determines a profile of requirements for holding office on the Board of Directors.
4 It appoints the members for a term of office of four years and names the Chair and Vice-Chair. Each member may be reappointed twice and removed at any time for good cause.
5 The Federal Council determines the fee paid to the members of the Board and their other contractual conditions.
7 The members of the Board of Directors must perform their tasks and duties with all due diligence and safeguard the Institution's interests in good faith. They are required to observe secrecy on official matters both during their term of office as members of the Board of Directors and after the termination of their mandate.
8 They must disclose their interests to the Federal Council prior to their appointment and give immediate notice of any changes during their membership of the Board. The Board of Directors provides information on such interests in the management report (Art. 16 para. 1 let. b).
1 The Board of Directors has the following tasks:
- It issues the Institution's organisational regulations and submits these to the Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA) for approval.
- It issues the investment regulations and determines the investment strategy.
- It issues the Institution's personnel ordinance and submits it to the Federal Council for approval.
- It takes organisational and contractual measures to safeguard the Institution's interests and prevent conflicts of interest.
- It approves the Institution's personnel budget.
- It decides on the establishment, amendment and termination of the employment relationship with the Chief Executive Officer and the other members the Executive Board.
- It supervises the Executive Board.
- It ensures that the Institution has suitable internal control and risk management systems.
- It ensures the solvency of the Institution as an undertaking and of each social security fund.
- It determines the accounting policies based on the requirements laid down by the Federal Council in accordance with Article 13 paragraph 3.
- It adopts the budget for the Institution's operating and administrative expenses.
- It represents the Institution as a contracting party as defined in Article 32d paragraph 2 of the Federal Personnel Act of 24 March 20002 (FPA).
2 The Board of Directors may delegate the preparation and implementation of its decisions to individual committees and assign to them the related decision-making powers. It must ensure that appropriate reports are made to its members.
1 The Executive Board is the Institution's operational management body. It is headed by a Chief Executive Officer.
2 The Executive Board has the following tasks in particular:
- It conducts the business.
- It prepares the business of the Board of Directors and of the committees.
- It prepares the budget for the Institution's operating and administrative expenses.
- It reports to the Board of Directors regularly and in the case of special events immediately.
- It represents the Institution externally.
- It decides on the establishment, amendment and termination of the employment relationships with the Institution's personnel; Article 8 paragraph 1 letter f is reserved.
- It performs all the tasks which are not assigned to another management body under this Act, the organisational regulations or the specifications set by the Board of Directors.
3 The organisational regulations regulate the details.
4 The Chief Executive Officer attends the meetings of the Board of Directors in an advisory capacity.
1 The Federal Council appoints the auditor at the request of the Board of Directors. The auditor is responsible for auditing the Institution, including the annual financial statements of the AHV/AVS, IV/AI and EO/APG. It examines the annual financial statements for asset management and confirms that internal control and risk management systems are in place; it also examines the information on personnel development disclosed in the management report (Art. 16 para. 1 let. b).
2 The provisions of company law on ordinary audits apply by analogy.
3 The auditor provides the Board of Directors and the Federal Council with a comprehensive report on the results of its audit.
4 The Institution must ensure that the contractual terms governing its business relationships with custodian banks provide the auditor with access to the relevant results of the external audit conducted in respect of such banks. Provided it has been contractually arranged, the Institution's auditor may instruct the custodian banks' auditor to conduct additional audits.
1 The financial statements present a true and fair view of the Institution's financial position and performance.
2 They comply with generally accepted accounting standards, and in particular the principles of materiality, completeness, comprehensibility, consistency and gross presentation.
3 The Federal Council may issue regulations on financial reporting.
4 The accounting polices derived from the accounting standards must be disclosed in the notes to the balance sheet.
The Institution's operating and administrative expenses are charged to the three social security funds in proportion to their total assets.
The Institution is exempt from direct federal, cantonal and communal taxes and from cantonal and communal inheritance and gift taxes. The levying of capital gains tax on real estate that has no necessary and direct relationship with the administrative activities of the social security funds is reserved.
1 The Institution is subject to administrative supervision by the Federal Council.
2 The Federal Council exercises its supervision in particular by:
- appointing and removing the members of the Board of Directors, its Chair and Vice-Chair;
- approving the Institution's personnel ordinance;
- approving the annual report;
- discharging the Board of Directors.
3 It may at any time inspect any of the Institution's business documents and request information on its business operations.
4 The FDHA may have specific matters clarified by the Auditor.
5 The Institution communicates with the Federal Council via the FDHA.
2 The Federal Council determines the date of transfer. It approves the opening balance sheet of the Institution, makes all the decisions required for the transfer and takes any further measures required to this effect.
3 The transfer of the three social security funds and the establishment of the Institution are exempt from any direct or indirect federal, cantonal or communal taxes. Entries in the land register, commercial register and any other public registers in connection with the carrying out of the transfer are exempt from taxes and fees.
1 The employment relationships of the personnel of the current management office will be transferred to the Institution on the date determined by the Federal Council and become subject to the legislation governing its personnel from that date.
2 The Institution will replace existing contracts with contracts issued in the name of the new employer within a reasonable time. No probationary periods may be included therein.
3 There is no right to the continuation of any function, field of work, place of work or position within the organisational system. However, the personnel remain entitled to their current salary for a period of one year. The years of service completed for the AHV/AVS, IV/AI and EO/APG social security funds before this Act comes into force will be taken into account.
4 Appeals by the personnel that are pending on the date of transfer of the employment relationships will be judged according to the previous law.
1 Until the IV/AI scheme is completely clear of debt, that portion of cash and cash equivalents and investments held by the IV/AI Social Security Fund which exceeds 50 per cent of its annual expenditure at the end of the financial year will be credited to the AHV/AVS Social Security Fund.
3 From 1 January 2018, the Board will set a market-based rate of interest for the debts owed by the IV/AI Social Security Fund to the AHV/AVS Social Security Fund.
The repeal and amendment of other legislation are regulated in the Annex.
Commencement date:3 1 January 2018 Article 1 paragraphs 1-3 and 5, 2-5, 8 paragraph 1 letters l-n, 11, 12, 14, 16, 19 paragraph 1, 21 and Annex Number I, Number II 1 and 3-6: 1 January 2019.