Termination

Terminating employment, notice periods, termination payments and rights to references.

Switzerland :: Employee resignation

An employee on an indefinite contract of employment may resign from their position upon giving the notice stated in their employment contract or, by default, the minimum statutory notice period required for their length of service at the time of resignation (see Switzerland :: Notice periods) …

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Switzerland :: Termination for cause

Article 337 of the Swiss Code of Obligations stipulates that each party may terminate the employment contract for ‘good cause’ with immediate effect if ‘important reasons’ justify such actions, which must be handed in writing at the other party’s request …

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Switzerland :: Termination of a fixed-term contract

A fixed-term contract will automatically expire at the end of the pre-determined period without the need for notice to be given …

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Switzerland :: Termination by mutual agreement

It is possible for an employer and employee to come to a mutual agreement to terminate the employment relationship and in such cases it is not necessary to respect the minimum legal notice periods …

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Switzerland :: Written references

Upon dismissal, an employee has the right to a written employment reference …

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Switzerland :: Dismissal

Swiss labour law operates on the principle that employers should be as free as possible to hire and to terminate the contracts of staff …

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Switzerland :: Short-time working

Short-time working is when the number of hours normally worked by the business’ employees are reduced by at least 10% …

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Switzerland :: Severance payments

Younger employees have no statutory rights to severance pay, however when a large redundancy scheme is implemented employers will often agree to pay severance payments based on a collective agreement …

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Switzerland :: Protected employees

An employer is not permitted to terminate the employment contract during certain periods, known as ‘shelter periods’ or ‘protected periods’ …

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Switzerland :: Notice periods

Statutory notice periods are as follows: During a probationary period, the employment contract may be terminated with seven days notice …

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Switzerland :: Collective redundancy

A collective redundancy exists if an employer with 20+ employees dismisses a specified number of people in any 30-day period for reasons not connected with the person of the employee …

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