capital city

Capital

Bern

currency

Currency

Swiss Franc (CHF)

date format

Date

dd/mm/yyyy

region

Region

EMEA

entitlement

Minimum holiday entitlement

20

paid public holidays

Paid public holidays per year

7

Additional leave compliance rules and complexities

Annual leave

The rules and customs differ a little between Zurich and Geneva. Zurich observes 12 public holidays, while Geneva only observes 9.

Sick leave

Throughout Switzerland, employees receive full-sick pay for a certain period of time depending on how long they’ve been in the role.

Maternity and paternity leave

Mothers can get 80% of their wages for up to 98 days so long as they’ve made certain social security contributions, and so long as they’ve been in the role for at least five months. Mothers in Geneva, though, can take two weeks’ more maternal leave than mothers elsewhere in Sweden. In Zurich, fathers can take up to 14 days’ paternity leave following birth. In Geneva, this is limited to 10 days, which must be taken within six months of the birth.

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