Termination of the Employment


We help you regarding the termination of your employment / dismissal / mutual termination under employment law in Switzerland. 

Don't hesitate to contact T. Villiger, specialized Employment Lawyer via Tel. 043 535 00 85 / villiger(at)ad-voca.ch or Internet. We are looking forward to helping you.


What is the standard notice period in Switzerland? 

The term of notice periods depends on different prerequisites such as the term of the employment etc. After the probation period, employment contracts often provide notice periods between 2-3 months and for top management 6 months.


How can an employment agreement be terminated?

In Switzerland, a work contract can be terminated without any specific ground. However, in certain cases such as illness, motherhood or military service a notice of termination may be null and void or may prolonge the notice period.


Is there a right to a compensation or severance payment? 

Normally, no compensation is due. However, in case of instant dismissals without notice period and without any justification a compensation may be due. The same applies for abusive dismissals. In the latter case, the employee needs to adhere to compulsory legal deadlines during the notice period and within 180 days thereafter.


What is a termination agreement?

Termination agreements are bilateral contracts between employer and employee in order to settle the end of an employment definitely. Often they provide for shorter notice periods and confine other employee rights while paying a compensation or severance payment. They bear risks for both employers and employees and need to be checked by a lawyer.


What is garden leave?

An employment agreement may provide garden leave during the notice period, which often means that the employee shall continue to receive the normal fixed salary without being obligated to work (with certain exceptions). There are a lot of specific problems to be looked at such as bonus payments or a company cars. 


How do we proceed?

Don't hesitate to contact us via Tel. 043 535 00 85 / villiger(at)ad-voca.ch or Internet.

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