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Old 01.05.2020, 00:29
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Re: Deductions requested without signing contract

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Before even considering paying anything back to the employer, I would first contact the AHV office, as linked to by squeezethecroc in post 2, above.

Your wife should ask there whether she was properly registered and whether the employer paid in the proper contributions to the social security, in what amounts on what dates. With that, she will see whether those numbers tally with what is being required by the employer. If they simply forgot to make the proper deductions off here wages then, yes, she would need to refund them.

If the AHV office has no proof, it could perhaps means that the employer is crooked, but it could simply mean that there's been a delay in the registration process, the more so because of corona. In that case, write back to the employer asking for them for the letter from the AHV confirming that they have registered the employee, and the information they sent to the AHV to pay in her contributions. Once it is all registered and done properly, then refund the amounts to the employer.

It is worth an employee's checking with the AHV, because the confirmation of these contributions is used, later, to calculate one's old age (and if need be disability pension or orphans' pensions), and so an employee should try to avoid gaps.
That. My feeling is that they never registered her and now they are using this excuse to get money off her.
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