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Old 08.11.2016, 15:32
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Re: Leaving Switzerland, advice needed, please!

Since, as Samaire13 keeps correctly reminding us, any Swiss employer is entitled to terminate an employee's contract at any time, without giving a reason, so telling your managers that you might seek legal action was probably not the wisest thing to do.

In any case, yes, re-read every clause of your contract, very carefully, to make sure you are fulfilling everything you must do, and that your employer is, too.

Could you set up a conversation with that other manager, the one who was pleased with the project you did?

Ask him/her to be so kind as to have lunch with you, or meet you after work, and choose a venue that is at least 6 tram-stops away from the office. Ask for advice, for suggestions about your future working years, about projects of which he/her knows.

If you are lucky enough to manage to get such a time-slot, make sure not to waste a single minute of it in complaining about what your present boss has said, or what the Integration Manager (what is that?) said, or how unfair it was to have been dismissed. Your job is not to drive a wedge between the person talking to you and his/her colleages, or to try to get this person over onto your team, against the others. No. Instead, try to learn as much as possible about any prospects this person - who liked your work - thinks you may have, in another department of this company, or elsewhere.

Ditto anyone else with whom you have worked well and successfully during the 12 years in Switzerland. Google them all, as some of them will now be in other companies in which they may have decision-making power.

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my doctor wrote me off 100%. I still have nightmares, sleepless nights and wake of sweating.
Frankly, just can't cope now....
These are very good reasons NOT to just up and run back to the UK.
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Old 08.11.2016, 15:51
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I was sick for 8 months or so. On my return at 50%, was given one assignment to do. I did a great job on it as per feed back from everyone including other managers. However, my boss was not impressed without giving me any concrete feedback. All the boss said was that it was not up to standard! The next I know is that the integration manager tells me I'll be given notice. So told her I was asked to do one piece of work which I worked very hard on and got great feed back but the boss did not give me any specific feedback but deemed it substandard and now I get informed of the notice. They even sent me an email to that effect. So I tell the integration manager that I might seek legal advice as I did not get any real feedback. An hour later the boss sends me an email with an impossible assignment in 3.5 days. Not only that but tells the colleagues that I've been given a test and to not help me!! I could not cope with this sort of treatment as my reputation went before me and in a thrice its been destroyed. I felt humiliated and wanted to end my life. Thats when my doctor wrote me off 100%. I still have nightmares, sleepless nights and wake of sweating.
Frankly, just can't cope now....
OK while I feel for you and this situation and while your former employer's behavior is morally/ethically questionable to unacceptable, none of it is illegal.

Sure you can drag it to some lawyer, but quite frankly, I doubt it will do any good. The relationship is broken anyway. The termination is legal (unless of course your company regulations somehow stipulates different protection periods in case of illness, but I doubt it - most don't). Again, note that the protection period is NOT the same as the continuation of salary payment, which is covered by insurance.

So what is it you hope for if taking legal action, even if we assume for a second there was anything that could be done?

Also, contact your insurance, not the health insurance, but the one that paid your salary while you were sick (and again now). It's often Swica, but not always. Have you gotten some form of case management during your absence, i.e. been in touch with someone from that insurance? Usually, they do that with absences this long.
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My kids are 14(twins) and 16.
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My concern is getting my kids settled into a school asap. Naturally nobody wants to move away from CH.
Once again, about your children.
Yes, they couldn't step out of the International School and straight into the Swiss government schools and sort everything out immediately. Not immediately, that is true. But still perhaps do-able.

My hunch is that only if any of the three children has
a) has difficulties at school, of a cognitive/intellectual nature, or
b) a particular brilliant talent which cannot wait because of age/development levels (e.g. competitive athletics)
would that child needs to be settled, as you say, asap.

Otherwise, if they will work hard, there is a real chance that they could integrate into the Swiss Schools, even at this stage, which feels "critical" to you. They may have to repeat some modules and courses, or might even have to repeat a whole academic year, but they would not be the first children to do so. And to repeat a year because you're claiming a whole new territory in life does not come with the same humiliation as repeating a year after having failed one's exams. Just think: if they were to do an exchange year in, say, Japan, Greece or Quebec, then they would most likely have to repeat a year, too.

Your children are old enough to understand that although their parents try as much as they can to give them a good life, the best is not always possible. After all, they will have seen you, during the past year or so, being unwell, so they already know that there are changes, and that more will soon be upon them. Therefore, they probably know very well that an open, frank conversation about reducing some part of their lifestyles is on its way.

Ask them how they feel about the challenge of knuckling down and learning German at a good enough level to pass at the Swiss schools. Do they hate every minute of being adolescent, and are champing at the bit to be rid of school forever? Do they hate their parents and want to severe the bond as quickly as possible? Have they been dreaming of life at a British university? Have you been entertaining such plans for them? In what way do your and their plans match, and diverge? Are they bookisch and scholarly? Indoor or outdoor kids? Do they have friends (or better still girlfriends or boyfriends) and favourite activities that they're unwilling to leave behind? Would they be willing to pay a price to maintain the physical proximity to these relationships? A price phrased in terms like: "3 hours extra German lessons plus two family meals per week in which we ALL speak German"?

How much would it matter in each of their personal development if they "lost" a year? How much could be gained in that year, in terms of personal development and intercultural understanding? Ask them each how they see that.

You and the children's other parent (if here) could make an appointment with the school authorities to ask what such a transition into the Swiss School system would involve. For real, not just as a vague feeling. And then go a second time, with all the children or with each child separately, to show them what it would be about.

Does your wife (if here) work? That's another factor, of course.

Register at RAV immediately.
That will give you some space to breathe, and to approach these issues.
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Re: Leaving Switzerland, advice needed, please!

Interetsing to note 2 more stories of people having bad experiences from coming back from long-term sick leave. I know about 10 people who are back after long-term sick leave and seem to be being managed out.
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Re: Leaving Switzerland, advice needed, please!

I guess its the "survival of the fittest".
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