Employment Contract Details
There are no specific rules governing the language for employment contracts as long as the employee understands the contract language. Bilingual wording is recommended for employees without the relevant language skills. Contracts must be in writing.
The minimum probation period is 1 month and the maximum probation period is 3 months for an unlimited contract. The law does not provide for a probationary period for fixed-term employment relationships.
Minimum Wage Requirements
There are no provisions regarding minimum salary stipulated in law. In some cases, a minimum wage may be set by a collective agreement.
Maximum working hours and overtime
Standard working hours can be between 38.5 to 42.5 hours per week.
Overtime must be paid at a premium of 25% of the salary. However, it is possible to exclude the supplement in writing. Instead of payment, overtime work may also be compensated by time off of at least the same duration. However, this requires your consent and that of the employer.
Bonus and expense payments
Terms and conditions are determined by the parties and must be included in the employment agreement to be enforced.
- Maternity leave: is granted for 14 weeks, or 16 weeks in the Canton of Geneva, after birth. Employees must take a mandatory period of leave of 8 weeks following the birth. During maternity leave, employees receive an allowance equal to 80% of the average salaries funded by the state. The allowance is capped at CHF 196 per day and paid by the employer who may supplement the income up to 80% or 100% of the employee’s usual salary.
- Paternity leave: employees are entitled to 2 weeks of paid leave. As with maternity leave, the compensation is 80% of the average earned income before the birth of the child, up to a maximum of 196 francs per day. For a fortnight's leave, 14 daily allowances are paid out, resulting in a maximum amount of 2744 francs.
Employees will be entitled to sickness benefit insurance, that will cover 80% of the employee's salary for 720 - 730 days in a 900 day period, as maximum. At least half of the premiums must be paid by the employer. In the event of incapacity for work, the continued payment of wages lasts until the employee is well for work again.