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Paid sick days in Switzerland?

Hello All. Could someone please help me. Recently, I had to ask to go home for a really bad cold. I was only off work for half a day and came back the next day, even though I wasn't 100%. My boss sent me home, so he knew I was sick. Now, he is telling me that because I didn't have a doctors note, that he must now give me minus hours rather than a sick day. I was under the impression that after the 3rd day, I had to bring in a note. This has happened with him before with someone else, where they made the girl take an extra day off rather than giving her a sick day. Is this right?! There is nothing mentioning sick days in my contract, and I have found varying answers online. I pay for krankengeldversicherung, so I don't understand why this happened.

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Hello All. Could someone please help me. Recently, I had to ask to go home for a really bad cold. I was only off work for half a day and came back the next day, even though I wasn't 100%. My boss sent me home, so he knew I was sick. Now, he is telling me that because I didn't have a doctors note, that he must now give me minus hours rather than a sick day. I was under the impression that after the 3rd day, I had to bring in a note. This has happened with him before with someone else, where they made the girl take an extra day off rather than giving her a sick day. Is this right?! There is nothing mentioning sick days in my contract, and I have found varying answers online. I pay for krankengeldversicherung, so I don't understand why this happened.

Thank you in advance for any insight that you can give.
Swiss Authorities Online says this:

"Inability to work due to illness / pregnancy rights and obligations
What are the rights and obligations that apply to employees?
Notifying your employer
If you are ill or unable to work due to pregnancy, notify your employer. You generally need to submit a medical certificate as of the third day you are off work (depending on the provisions of your employment contract). If you are partially unable to work, the medical certificate needs to indicate how many hours you may work.
If you fall ill while you are on holiday, you should notify your employer. You do not have to deduct days on which you were ill from your holiday entitlement provided you can prove it with a medical certificate.

Continued pay during illness


Employers are required to continue paying employees their full wages for a certain period during illness. According to the Code of Obligations (CO), the minimum duration is three weeks during the first year of service and thereafter wages for appropriately longer periods depending on the duration of the employment relationship and the particular circumstances. Court decisions are based on the Bern, Basel and Zurich scales. Other agreements can be reached, but they must be laid down in writing for the employee in particular (e.g. in his/her employment contract) or in the standard employment contract or collective employment agreement."


https://www.ch.ch/en/inability-work-...ess-pregnancy/
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I was only off work for half a day .... he must now give me minus hours rather than a sick day.
Are you a contractor on an hourly rate? If yes, then he will deduct the hours that you did not work.

If you are a permanent employee, you should check your contract/ employee's handbook regarding sick leave. Your HR department should also be able to tell you.

Generally, one is not asked to show a medical certificate before the three days of sick leave are up but employers are entitled to ask for it.
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Thanks for your help!
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Re: Paid sick days in Switzerland?

The text quoted by Mullhollander refers to the Zurich scale. Here it is:
http://www.lohnfortzahlung.ch/normen...zurcher-skala/
and at the far right you can click to get the Basle or the Bern scale.

These scales are not sacrosanct, but many employment contracts refer to them.

Another term in Mullhollander's quote ist "standard employment contract or collective employment agreement" which, in German, is Normvertrag or Gesamtarbeitsvertrag (GAV). Both of these are standardised agreed products of negotiation between staff unions and companies and based on various court judgments.

Not all fields of employment are governed by such an agreement, but where they exist, they can be enforced. The personal, individual contract sometimes does not [need to] specify all the details (including things like wages when ill, or doctor's certificates, etc.), because they are already in that standard documement.

I agree with 10pixels that the shortest route for you to find out what you need should be the HR department of your employer. However, should you want to look things up yourself, here's a list of areas for which a GAV exists.
http://www.seco.admin.ch/themen/00385/00420/00430/
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