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Re: Au pair who leaves early due to strange job requirements

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How much money is involved? Is it really worth the hassle?
I can imagine that for someone who comes as an au-pair here even a couple of hundred franks are worth the hassle.
And it's not only about the money, it's the principle!
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Old 25.04.2015, 22:15
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I worked several jobs for 1 week each and never got paid.. they called it a trial period
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Old 26.04.2015, 10:17
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I worked several jobs for 1 week each and never got paid.. they called it a trial period
Well they call it wrong then if on top of not making the deal with you at the end of it they refuse to pay the minimum pay for the work you've done. Trial period is voluntary and should be negotiated, which wasn't the case here.
Anyway, employees on trial period are entitled to minimum employment rights - safety, minimum pay etc.
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Old 26.04.2015, 13:48
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How much money is involved? Is it really worth the hassle?
You are kidding right?? If I would work for a family that wouldn't pay me, even if I worked 3 or 4 hours, I would do everything to make them pay me and you know why, because I WORKED for that money. If I want to do volunteer work then I do it but if I agree with a family that they will pay me for my services, then they'd better pay me.
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I worked several jobs for 1 week each and never got paid.. they called it a trial period
One was in a Hospital Kitchen, came in early cleaned/washed the breakfast dishes cleaned the kitchen after the cooks, went home came back after lunch- did dishes,cleaned kitchen, pans, floor and mess from the cooks, went home then back after dinner, again dishes, pans, stoves and kitchen floors.. job wasn't for me hated always cleaning such a mess and the cooks didn't clean anything. Asked about pay for the week and they told me no that was a trail but thanks for the work.
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One was in a Hospital Kitchen, came in early cleaned/washed the breakfast dishes cleaned the kitchen after the cooks, went home came back after lunch- did dishes,cleaned kitchen, pans, floor and mess from the cooks, went home then back after dinner, again dishes, pans, stoves and kitchen floors.. job wasn't for me hated always cleaning such a mess and the cooks didn't clean anything. Asked about pay for the week and they told me no that was a trail but thanks for the work.
Then you got cheated. No reason for anyone else to though!
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Re: Au pair who leaves early due to strange job requirements

video in the working place is fundamentally a no-go.

She must issue a formal invoice for work time and they must pay it. In addition, she should then report them to this chap: http://www.edoeb.admin.ch/org/00125/index.html?lang=en
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Old 27.04.2015, 12:28
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Re: Au pair who leaves early due to strange job requirements

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She is leaving and they are refusing to pay her for the week she has worked.
Can they? She hasn't signed a contract yet so I don't know if she has a leg to stand on. Any advice welcome!!
No they can't. A work contract, in fact most contracts in CH, don't require the written form. Problem will be though, to arrive at what she's due. The "Arbeitsgericht" is whom she needs to address, at/near her place of work.

She may need legal support. In her situation (no money for a lawyer) her best option may be to ask a workers union for help, e.g. Unia, or the Arbeitsamt at her Gemeinde.

The problem is though, if it's worth putting up much of a fight for her. Granted, it sucks, but is it worth the nerves? Woulnd't it be better to move on? Because, unless she gets active support she needs to sue them herself, and will probably require a lawyer, which in turn will cost. Then if the parents refuse to pay (not out of the question at all) she will have to "betreiben" the couple, which would be yet another case.

If she wants to pay back her best option may be to report them for filming her at her place of work (preferrably with hard proof) - no idea though what the consequences would be.

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I worked several jobs for 1 week each and never got paid.. they called it a trial period
You were abused. Fix your pay before you start working, trial period or not.

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Re: Au pair who leaves early due to strange job requirements

The Au pair needs to ask help from the authority...
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Re: Au pair who leaves early due to strange job requirements

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How much money is involved? Is it really worth the hassle?

Perhaps not worth the hassle, but is it not more the principle which counts?
If this strange family get away with what they are doing this time, will they then begin to think this is the norm? Who Knows?
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Kirstyjayne, your friend's situation sounds awful - but sadly all too common in Switzerland.

Too many families hire Au Pairs to work as cheap child care and domestic labor contrary to the regulations of the visa. .
Sadly not just in Switzerland- but all over, the UK and the USA too!


Unfortunately, difficult to reply accurately as we do not know if the Au Pair is EU or Non EU, and if she was employed legally or not- but for me, it is a matter of principle- what the family is doing is WRONG and they should not get away with it. The Au Pair could go to her local UNIA workers' Union office and ask for help. What will she do next? Has she got somewhere to go and some support? Can she go 'back home? We 'rescued' several Au Pairs in the UK who were in terrible situations and came to ask for help via our Au Pairs they befriended.

In many cases, the family will take the passport away- hope this is not the case here. Worst abused are 'Au Pairs' (the term is too often used wrongly or illegally- Au Pairs have a very special status, linked to very clear rules)- from countries like Malaysia and the Philippines, and other countries with very high unemployment. Out of interest, which part of Valais is she in? Who paid for her flight to CH? Would you be able to give more info about the above questions?

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