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Old 22.10.2015, 15:39
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Hi All,

I just got a new job and, while looking through the benefits, discovered a section on cash gifts. Apparently, if I get married and/or have a child, I get a cash gift from the company. They are listed as specific amounts depending on the length of employment.

Is this odd, or am I just from the overly-PC USA? Is this something that happens often?

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Old 22.10.2015, 15:58
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Re: Cash Gifts from Employer?

Your employer is not being generous.. We all get those gifts.

2k for a baby. Same for first marriage, nothing for subsequent marriages.. Might even be more in canton GE, 5k for baby? Days off for moving house etc.
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Old 22.10.2015, 16:06
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Your employer is not being generous.. We all get those gifts.
Well, that's good to know. I can't tell if it's antiquated or progressive, though. I suppose I'll just accept it gladly!

Thanks for the quick answer
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Old 22.10.2015, 16:08
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Re: Cash Gifts from Employer?

wow! generous. Where I am a birth gets you CHF 400 in vouchers (COOP/Migros)..which is still not bad...or wasn't until I saw 2K...
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Re: Cash Gifts from Employer?

Payments received by an employee from the work relationship are taxable for income tax purposes in Switzerland. This would apply to so-called gifts from the company to the employee. Relevant tax law:

DBG Article 17:
2 Steuerbar sind alle Einkünfte aus Arbeitsverhältnis, einschliesslich der Nebeneinkünfte wie Entschädigungen für Sonderleistungen, Provisionen, Zulagen, Dienstalters- und Jubiläumsgeschenke, Gratifikationen, Trinkgelder, Tantiemen, geldwerteVorteile aus Mitarbeiterbeteiligungen und andere geldwerte Vorteile sowie Ersatzeinkünfte wie Taggelder aus Kranken- und Unfallversicherung und Arbeitslosenversicherung.

https://www.admin.ch/opc/de/classifi...000/642.11.pdf

Also, if you look at Article 24 "Tax-free income", there is nothing listed regarding "gifts" by companies to employees.
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Old 22.10.2015, 16:21
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Your employer is not being generous.. We all get those gifts.

2k for a baby. Same for first marriage, nothing for subsequent marriages.. Might even be more in canton GE, 5k for baby? Days off for moving house etc.
No. We don't.
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Your employer is not being generous.. We all get those gifts.

2k for a baby. Same for first marriage, nothing for subsequent marriages.. Might even be more in canton GE, 5k for baby? Days off for moving house etc.
No, we don't all get these gifts.

My OH didn't receive a penny from his employers after the birth of our second child, nor did #1 son for either of his daughters. And for two of those the employer in question was the canton of Geneva.
A day off for getting married, attending a funeral, moving house... yes.
Cash gifts, no.
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2k for a baby. Same for first marriage, nothing for subsequent marriages.. Might even be more in canton GE, 5k for baby? Days off for moving house etc.
Wow, that is a very nice gift!

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wow! generous. Where I am a birth gets you CHF 400 in vouchers (COOP/Migros)..which is still not bad...or wasn't until I saw 2K...
Mine is a little closer to yours
We get CHF500 for the birth of a child or if we get married.
I think thats super kind
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Old 22.10.2015, 16:53
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Re: Cash Gifts from Employer?

Pfft. My employers are super generous. I can take a vacation day or unpaid holiday for births, marriages, deaths and even if I just fancy it.

And if I move house, they'll even update their employee database for free.

They're awesome!
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Pfft. My employers are super generous. I can take a vacation day or unpaid holiday for births, marriages, deaths and even if I just fancy it.
And here they even will forgive you if you wait until you've finished saying 'I do' rather than immediately picking up the (inevitable) phone call...

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Pfft. My employers are super generous. I can take a vacation day or unpaid holiday for births, marriages, deaths and even if I just fancy it.

And if I move house, they'll even update their employee database for free.

They're awesome!
That reminds me, we also get a day off for moving and 2 days off if we are 100km from work.
(Dont think i could handle that commute )
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Pfft. My employers are super generous. I can take a vacation day or unpaid holiday for births, marriages, deaths and even if I just fancy it.

And if I move house, they'll even update their employee database for free.

They're awesome!
Bah. That's nothing. For the birth of a child, as a father, you can have 1 full day off or - get this - two half-days. I mean GTF outa' here! How cool is that?!
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Bah. That's nothing. For the birth of a child, as a father, you can have 1 full day off or - get this - two half-days. I mean GTF outa' here! How cool is that?!
Wow! Afternoon in pub, morning off for the hangover. An employer that understands a new father's needs.
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Re: Cash Gifts from Employer?

Maybe me and the OP have the same employer

I remember the HR lady at the induction telling us the "gift" was from the canton but paid via the employer. For birth and marriage at least.

So unless my employer has a special deal with canton GE, I guess it's normal??
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Re: Cash Gifts from Employer?

Not every company offers these benefits, but some do, yes.

Personally, I find it outdated considering it's hardly an achievement to conceive a child, let alone to get married. And I wonder if - given the 50% divorce rate - you have to pay the money back if you get divorced
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Re: Cash Gifts from Employer?

My employer is always giving me cash gifts


oh my employer is me
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Re: Cash Gifts from Employer?

My employer lets me work from home two days a week.

Saturday and Sunday.
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