Employment Law Switzerland

Employment Law Switzerland

Get to grips with Swiss employment law and understand how to manage your people within the legal framework

London: 8th November 2017

Price: £550 + VAT
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This seminar provides key insights into employment law in Switzerland.

It equips participants with clear guidance on fundamental areas of the law including hiring employees; residency permits; pay and working time; business transfers; termination; restrictive covenants and social security.

Led by an employment law expert from the Zurich office of Baker & McKenzie, participants will benefit from insights into the application of Swiss law in practice; in the context of Swiss business culture and the realities of day to day management.

Designed for HR professionals and internal legal counsel, this efficient one-day seminar will ensure you can advise and protect your business with confidence.

Highlights include:

  • Hear an overview of the domestic legal framework in Switzerland
  • Be able to advise colleagues on the related local employment law and practice
  • Get access to reliable information on employment conditions, policies and procedures when dealing with Swiss employment law

09:00    Registration and coffee

09:30    An overview of the employment law framework in Switzerland

  • Introduction to Swiss employment law
  • Understanding key legislation
  • Applicability of Swiss employment law
  • Distinction of employment relationship from other contracts and its consequences
  • Employee participation

10:15    Hiring employees in Switzerland

  • Work and residency permits
  • Anti-discrimination laws
  • Other obstacles to hiring
  • Employment Contract and Offer Letter

11:00    Coffee and networking

11:15    Pay and working time

  • Variable salary
  • Working time (including overtime)
  • Vacation entitlement
  • Sick pay
  • Maternity leave

12:45    Transfer of business

13:00    Lunch

14:00    Termination

  • Fix term employment
  • Probationary period
  • Notice periods
  • Abusive termination
  • Protection periods
  • Termination for cause
  • Severance
  • Short term work
  • Collective dismissals

15:15    Coffee and networking

15:30    Restrictive Covenants

  • Non-compete
  • Non-solicitation
  • Confidentiality

16:00    Social Security

  • Application of Swiss social security law
  • Overview on Swiss social security law
  • Pension fund

16:30    End of seminar

Peter Reinert Peter Reinert

Peter Reinert

I am a Partner at Baker & Mckenzie in Zurich; I have worked there since 1992 after receiving my Masters in Law in European Law from the University of Louvain, resulting in extensive experience in employment law. The areas I specialise in include general employment advice and litigation, Pharmaceutical Regulation and Antitrust and Trade Practices. I am ranked in Band One for Switzerland Employment by Chambers Europe 2015, and have contributed to a vast number of publications on employment law issues. In addition I speak German, French and English.

Company directors, personnel and HR managers, employee relations professionals, in-house counsel, lawyers, line managers and anyone with responsibility for staff in Switzerland

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Special offers

Multiple booking discount

Receive a 20% discount when you book more than one event, or book more than one person on the same event. Please note this discount only applies to the lesser priced booking and when all bookings are placed together.

Registered charities

You are entitled to a 25% discount on your booking if you are a registered charity. This discount will show on your invoice once your booking is submitted. You will need your charity registration number for the booking form.

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