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Employment Law Switzerland

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

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Price: £495 + VAT    
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Please note that the 2021 courses will be now delivered virtually. Contact us on 020 7549 2549 or email for more information or to book. Price: £495+VAT | €595 +VAT | $595 +VAT

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.

  • 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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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.

Technology is bringing about seismic shifts in how we communicate on both a personal and business level. This is particularly evident in how learning is consumed and JSB is committed to delivering its L&D services in a way that optimises all appropriate technology.

In each case participants receive a documentation pack which includes any presentation material alongside a supporting narrative giving useful background information.

Choose the right approach for you:

Face-to-face attendance

The most valuable form of learning delivery continues to be the face-to-face classroom-based event. Engaging with expert speakers and fellow participants in relaxed two-way discussion in a distraction-free environment offers a valuable and practical learning experience.

All JSB programmes take place in top venues in central London and participants report that they greatly value the opportunities that these events provide for learning and networking.

Virtual classroom participation

We frequently welcome participants from overseas to our London events. However, we recognise that HR professionals who are responsible for managing workforces in these countries will not always be able to make the financial and time investment necessary to attend JSB events when they run in London. You will have the opportunity to submit questions to the speaker throughout the event and will get access to the slides and documentation in exactly the same way as those in the room. All you need is a standard domestic broadband connection.

On demand access

Should you find that you can’t wait until the next event on your chosen topic, you can access a full recording of a recent live event. Again, full slides and documentation will be provided. This is an option for those who cannot attend an event on a particular day. Moreover if the learning is to be of practical value it is often the case that even those who participated on the day welcome the opportunity of accessing the material in the weeks and months following the event. It’s a great way to share content with colleagues too.

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Go to our booking form and when you select the event you wish to book on, simply choose the option that best suits you. If you are interested in the on demand access, please get in touch to find out more.

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