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Switzerland: Contracts of employment

Updating author: Thomas Kälin, MLL Meyerlustenberger Lachenal Froriep Ltd (MLL)

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  • Some types of employment contracts must be in writing, such as apprenticeship contracts and temporary agency work contracts. (See General)
  • The statutory probationary period is one month, which can be extended up to three months by agreement. (See Probationary periods)
  • Employment contracts may be for full-time or part-time work and can be concluded for an indefinite duration or for a fixed term. (See Types of contract)
  • The employer is obliged to provide the employee, within one month after the start of the employment, with a written statement of terms of employment. (See Written statement of terms of employment)
  • The amendment of an employment contract requires the mutual consent of the employer and the employee, and neither party can amend the contract unilaterally. (See Variation of contract)