In Switzerland, employers can dismiss an employee for economic reasons or for reasons of incompatibility, without being liable for substantial severance pay.
Notice required to terminate an employment contract:
- probationary period: 7 days
- first year of employment: 1 month
- second to ninth year of employment: 2 months
- more than 9 years of employment: 3 months
The employer can dispense with the notice period if the employee's contract is terminated due to gross negligence.
The employment contract at a glance
- Weekly working hours:
40 - 42 (maximum 45)
Annual average: 1,844 hours
Hours not included in the daily working hours
Overtime is compensated by time off in lieu or paid at one and a quarter times the usual salary.
- Compensation for overtime:
Overtime (from the 46th hour of work) is compensated by time off in lieu or paid at one and a quarter times the usual salary, except for employees in management positions.
- Night work and public holidays:
Subject to authorisation
Employees under 20 years of age: 25 days
Employees over 21 years of age: 20 days
Employees over 50 years of age: generally 25 days