Definition of terms

These offices handle social benefits transactions between the individuals insured, the employers and the Central Compensation Office. The decentralised organisational structure mirrors the economic and federal structure of Switzerland:

63 union compensation offices:
Employers and self-employed individuals who belong to an association pay their contributions to one of these offices.

26 cantonal compensation offices:
Other employers and self-employed individuals as well as persons who are not gainfully employed pay their contributions directly to the cantonal compensation office at their place of domicile or residence.

2 federal compensation offices:
The Federal Compensation Office is responsible for the employees of the federal government. The Swiss Compensation Office is responsible for insured individuals who live abroad.