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Hire staff, set up your payroll, and expand in Switzerland, whether or not you have a Swiss entity

Expand your organization into Switzerland without a Swiss entity

Switzerland is a beautiful and culturally diverse country in a well-connected central region of Europe, with an exceptionally strong economy for its small size and a highly educated population. For these reasons and more, Switzerland is an excellent place for foreign businesses to establish and build a presence.

However, expanding your organization to Switzerland can come with unforeseen delays. The country has several different official languages, 26 cantons (states) with their own regulations, and a distinct set of national business and employment laws that can make the process difficult to navigate. In many cases, establishing a presence and expanding into Switzerland can take weeks or even months to complete.

At New Horizons, we help businesses from all industries to expand abroad, including into Switzerland. Our professional employer organization (Switzerland PEO), employer of record, and payroll services can provide your organization with everything you need to kickstart your Switzerland expansion in a matter of days, not months.

As the only global PEO with an in-house recruitment team, we can also take care of the sourcing, hiring, and onboarding of your Swiss workforce, along with any associated HR and legal compliance work. Our tailored services can save you thousands in associated expansion costs.

Why expand in Switzerland with New Horizons?

New Horizons enables your business to expand its operations into Switzerland, without having to set up a legal subsidiary.

Rapid Market Entry

New Horizons will enable you to source, hire, and onboard professionals across Switzerland in as little as 48 hours.

Cost-Effective Expansion

Our Switzerland PEO & Employer of Record solution can help you benefit from cost savings of up to 85%, without the need to establish an Swiss entity.

Payroll Outsourcing

Accurate, on-time salary and payroll processing, individual income tax declaration, expense management, statutory benefits administration, and social benefits contribution.

Employee Onboarding

Utilize the relevant provision for all types of Swiss labor contracts, whether a fixed-term or open-ended contract.

Onsite Legal & HR Team

In-country legal guidance through employee acquisition, contract renewals and termination, benefits distribution, and HR compliance; as well as local tax, law, and financial expertise.

Ensure Full Compliance

We ensure that employment contracts are fully compliant and adhere to Switzerland labor laws and best practices.

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Employment & Labor Laws in Switzerland

Employment contracts in Switzerland

We strongly recommend providing all employees with a formal contract of employment in Switzerland. Contracts should have any relevant details of the employment arrangement, such as salary, vacation leave, and termination terms. Swiss francs should be used when referencing salary/wage.

By partnering with our Switzerland PEO, New Horizons’ team of local experts can provide assistance for drafting strong employment contracts that are compliant with local regulations. 

Working hours in Switzerland

Working hours in Switzerland vary for different types of employees, and is between 45 and 50 hours per week. However, in practice, the standard working week for more employees is around 40 hours. Overtime is paid at a rate of at least 25% more than normal pay, and the exact terms are usually laid out in each employment contract.

Public holidays in Switzerland

Employees in Switzerland are entitled to one national public holiday (National Day), but the different cantons also have their own holidays for residents. The most commonly followed are:

Date
Description
1 Jan
New Year’s Day
2 Jan
Bechtold’s Day
06 Jan
Epiphany
14 Feb
Valentine’s Day
1 Mar
Republic Day
19 Mar
Saint Joseph’s Day
20 Mar
March Equinox
29 Mar
Daylight Saving Time starts
2 Apr
Näfelser Fahrt
10 Apr
Good Friday
12 Apr
Easter Sunday
13 Apr
Easter Monday
20 Apr
Sechseläuten
1 May
May Day
21 May
Ascension Day
31 May
Pentecost
1 Jun
Pentecost Monday
11 Jun
Corpus Christi
20 Jun
June Solstice
23 Jun
Jura Independence Day
29 Jun
St. Peter and St. Paul
1 Aug
Swiss National Day
15 Aug
Assumption of Mary
10 Sep
Jeune Genevois
12 Sep-14 Sep
Knabenschiessen
20 Sep
Swiss Federal Fast
21 Sep
Federal Fast Monday
22 Sep
September Equinox,Mauritius Day
25 Sep
St. Nicholas of Flüe
25 Oct
Daylight Saving Time ends
1 Nov
All Saints’ Day
8 Dec
Immaculate Conception
21 Dec
December Solstice
24 Dec
Christmas Eve
25 Dec
Christmas Day
26 Dec
St. Stephen’s Day
31 Dec
New Year’s Eve, Restoration Day

Switzerland vacation leave

All employees in Switzerland are entitled to at least 20 days of paid leave. Some employers may choose to offer more, or employees may negotiate more on an individual basis.

Switzerland sick leave

In an employee’s first year with a company, their employer must offer up to three weeks of paid sick leave, but the precise amount depends on the canton. The employee must provide a medical note for absences of over three days in a row. The allowance may change after one year of employment, but the length depends on the role, amount of time in the role, and canton.

Parental leave in Switzerland

Mothers in Switzerland can take paid maternity leave as long as they have been employed with one employer for at least three months continuously and paid their social security contributions for a certain period of time. Mothers in every canton except Geneva can take 14 weeks after her child is born (at 80% pay). In Geneva, the allowance is 16 weeks. Their job roles are also protected for 26 weeks after their child’s birth.

Mothers are also entitled to special allowances to protect their health, such as being able to avoid physical work, night shifts, and more.

Fathers are not entitled to any paid paternity leave, but some companies offer an allowance as part of their benefits packages.

Terminations and severance in Switzerland

The amount of notice that must be provided to employees before termination is determined by length of employment:

  • Up to one year of employment = One month of notice
  • Between two and nine years = Two months of notice
  • Ten years or more = Three months of notice

For employees in a probation period, the notice period is at least seven days.

Severance payments are not legally required.

Navigating employee terminations and handling severance packages can be complicated for companies expanding overseas for the first time. New Horizons’ Switzerland PEO can mitigate risk for foreign companies and provide guidance through this process.  

Taxation in Switzerland

The national tax rate for employers is on a progressive scale, ranging from 0% to 11.5%, but there is an additional rate charged by each canton that depends on location.

The corporate tax rate in Switzerland is approximately 8% at a national level, but each canton also charges its own rate so it is important to understand the local regulations wherever you operate.

Health coverage in Switzerland

Switzerland’s healthcare system is excellent, and insurance must be arranged by employees. Some employers do offer coverage, but it is not necessarily required.

Switzerland compensations & benefits

Compensation laws in Switzerland

Switzerland’s cantons set their own minimum wages. Geneva, one of the cantons, set the record of the world’s highest minimum wage in 2020, with an hourly rate of at least 23 swiss francs.

Benefit management in Switzerland

Setting up a benefits system for your Swiss employees can be difficult if you are unfamiliar with the country and its unique labor laws, which can differ from region to region. If you want to independently set up your benefits system, you can expect it to take weeks or even months, potentially presenting significant delays to your Swiss expansion.

New Horizons offers an alternative to massively simplify the setup and running of your Swiss benefits system. Our outsourcing services can cover all of your benefit setup and ongoing management, helping you focus on a faster and more successful expansion.

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