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Old 24.06.2015, 18:29
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Leaving Switzerland whilst on maternity leave - but want to keep employment contract!

Hi,
I would be grateful for any advice on the following questions to which i am still struggling to get answers. Before i delve into them - some background.

Background:
- I currently work for an international company in geneva on a local swiss employment contract.
- I am due to give birth on 17 September.
- I have been paying my maternity contributions to date.
- I am entitled to four months full pay whilst on maternity leave.
- My employer has verbally agreed to extending my maternity leave by a further 3 months or so on unpaid leave in order that they can help facilitate a transfer to their UK office but nothing is yet confirmed.
- My ideal plan is to take a total of 12 months off work and return to a role in their London office from next September.

Questions:
1. If we have to relocate to the UK whilst i am on my maternity leave or unpaid leave - am i still entitled to my full maternity benefits?
2. Upon leaving the country do i need to hand in my B permit?
3. Can i still remain employed by my swiss employer if i am living in the uk or do i need to obtain some kind of dispensation from the authorities concerning my B permit so that i can continue to be employed by the bank until the uk are ready to take me on as a transfer. If so, how do I go about this?

Advice most welcome - thank you!
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Old 24.06.2015, 20:28
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Re: Leaving Switzerland whilst on maternity leave - but want to keep employment contr

Answer to number 2 - yes you have to deregister and give up your B permit. As you're no longer resident here there's no point in you having a permit.

Number 3 - well, I don't think you'd need a permit to be employed by your Swiss company while in the UK as you're still not a resident here. How they sort out your contract is something they should check with the tax/migration offices if they don't already know how to deal with this.
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Re: Leaving Switzerland whilst on maternity leave - but want to keep employment contr

You should ask that the equivalent of your Kantons "Amt für Arbeit", Wirtschaftsamt or similar.

As for unpaid leave:
You probably need replacement insurance for the insurances related to your salary, e.g. accident insurance. Because, probably, no salary means no premiums paid and therefor no insurance.
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Re: Leaving Switzerland whilst on maternity leave - but want to keep employment contr

Thanks for the info. I have since received confirmation that I am entitled to my maternity benefits, I do need to surrender my permit, but can retain my employment contract on an unpaid basis and no permit is required as I am not physically working in Switzerland!
Now I am looking into the tax/pension implications....
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Thanks for the info. I have since received confirmation that I am entitled to my maternity benefits, I do need to surrender my permit, but can retain my employment contract on an unpaid basis and no permit is required as I am not physically working in Switzerland!
Can you please share which office gave you the confirmation (municipal, canton, etc.)? This may help others in the future with a similar question.
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