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How to resign

Hello all,

This seems like a silly questions, but how do I legally resign in Switzerland?

I know I can send a registered letter by post, but if I do not have enough time to do this before the end of a month, and my future employer would like to hire me as soon as possible, may I hand a letter of resignation in to my HR in person? Is it mandatory to have a witness? What are the requirements if a witness is mandatory?

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Old 24.02.2011, 16:27
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Re: How to resign

Hand the resignation letter to your manager. You can also send him immediately an E-Mail.

Just to be sure, you could send a registered letter on Saturday to the HR department of your company. The post offices close around 11 am on Saturday.

Is it a good job? You could advertise it here.
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Re: How to resign

As a certified Idiot, I'm afraid I can't offer advice on how to resign, except to suggest that you do a search of discussions that are already here (in particular posts 27 & 33) which suggest that you can hand in a letter in person (no witnesses required) but that you should be mindful about when in the month you do it (as it depends on the start of the calendar month):

[Jobs] Resignation and Notice Q&A

But resigning doesn't seem like much fun. Why not get yourself fired instead? Here's a list of creative ways to get fired to give you some inspiration.

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Re: How to resign

You can verbally resign (I did), you just need a witness (I used a co-worker).

You normally need to give three month's notice, though.

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Write your letter of resignation, give it to your line manager or HR or director with a copy, get them to sign the copy as receipt.

You don't have time for a registered letter....., today we are Thursday 24th month end is Monday 28th....The post works quite well here, still penty of time.

Resigning is one thing, respecting the notice period of your contract is another, i fancy you may be mixing the two up a little.
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Re: How to resign

When I was working for a large Swiss company I resigned by email - it was the period between Christmas and New Year and I was on holiday.

I sent the email to HR and my manager. It was accepted with no problem (though they persuaded me to stay).
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Hand the resignation letter to your manager. You can also send him immediately an E-Mail.

Just to be sure, you could send a registered letter on Saturday to the HR department of your company. The post offices close around 11 am on Saturday.

Is it a good job? You could advertise it here.
Take a dump on the MD's desk. Your exit is normally expedited after that.
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Take a dump on the MD's desk. Your exit is normally expedited after that.
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"But we do need your resignation is writing Mr Himmelmann!"
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Re: How to resign

Labour law in CH requires a written resignation letter with proof of when it was received. I have never heard of a "verbal resignation with a witness". If someone has a link, it would be interesting to read about it.

This letter can be done either by registered letter (if you have the time - will come back to this in a minute) or in person with a copy signed by the person you are giving it to. They need to date the receipt to confirm when it was given.

In CH labour law, the date that the letter is RECEIVED is what counts for the notice period. We all love the Swiss Post Office but there is NO guarantee that the letter will arrive the next morning (they make no such guarantee). So if the timing is short for the end of the month, you are much better off to go with your original letter and a copy and have the copy signed and dated by the appropriate person (HR, your reporting manager etc.)
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Surely it can be done by email. Email is legally binding. We don't use paper in our office.
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Re: How to resign

Thank you Verbier! I think this was the information I was looking for.

Some people will say it's fine to do it by email or phone, but I wanted to know what was truly legally binding because they might be difficult about me wanting to go and I can't afford for my notice period to get any longer than it will have to be. I just hope they are nice about letting me go.

I will write my letter and go the witness route to avoid Sod's law getting me with the post method.

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Labour law in CH requires a written resignation letter with proof of when it was received. I have never heard of a "verbal resignation with a witness". If someone has a link, it would be interesting to read about it.

This letter can be done either by registered letter (if you have the time - will come back to this in a minute) or in person with a copy signed by the person you are giving it to. They need to date the receipt to confirm when it was given.

In CH labour law, the date that the letter is RECEIVED is what counts for the notice period. We all love the Swiss Post Office but there is NO guarantee that the letter will arrive the next morning (they make no such guarantee). So if the timing is short for the end of the month, you are much better off to go with your original letter and a copy and have the copy signed and dated by the appropriate person (HR, your reporting manager etc.)
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Re: How to resign

Great thread guys, thanks!
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Surely it can be done by email. Email is legally binding. We don't use paper in our office.
I would love to have a link that says that email is legally binding in CH.
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Re: How to resign

I have no job in Switzerland (yet) so i would not know how to resign, however i do know from passed jobs,creating a letter is not always easy.

This site helps and gives good tips..general now, not Ch related

http://www.i-resign.com/uk/home/

Note that i am not affiliated to this website.

hope it helps somehow

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I will write my letter and go the witness route to avoid Sod's law getting me with the post method.
The "witness" is irrelevant, you need to get a copy of your letter signed by your superior and dated to show he has received it. That is more than sufficient, as it is with any other contract, all you need is prove of delivery.

A witness is not going to be 100% reliable, think about it, they are probably going to stay with the company whilkst you are leaving, i wonder where there loyalties lie....don't bite the hand that feeds you....
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I would love to have a link that says that email is legally binding in CH.
It is my understanding that it should be legally binding when signed electronically with a SuisseID.
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Old 25.02.2011, 08:12
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It is my understanding that it should be legally binding when signed electronically with a SuisseID.
The SwissID system was not mentioned in the post I commented on. General email is not a legal method of communication in CH (that I know of as of yet hence the introduction of Swiss ID).

And I am still not sure how you would prove receipt which is key in labour law.

Link to SwissID launch details from last year: http://genevalunch.com/blog/2010/05/...net-id-system/
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And I am still not sure how you would prove receipt which is key in labour law.
For registred E-Mail you can use either Swiss Post Incamail or PrivaSphere.
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Old 25.02.2011, 08:33
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I have never heard of a "verbal resignation with a witness". If someone has a link, it would be interesting to read about it.
I have no link, but that is how I resigned my last job. And I had to give 3 months notice.

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P.S. This was in Zurich in 1990.
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Re: How to resign

Are the terms of resignation, not in your employment contract?

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We don't use paper in our office.
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