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Board and Lodgings entitlement for part time employees??

Hello, I've been looking everywhere on the internet (including this forum) for the law on board and lodgings entitlement but I can't find it and thought perhaps someone at englishforum might know the answer.

So the situation is, I'm working for an international organisation in Switzerland and their standard policy is that they will provide board and lodgings to all staff, usually this is onsite accommodation but when there is none available, they will pay the the lodgings direct to you and you find it yourself.

However, when I started my job (as groundsman) they have decided to just employ me at 80% and therefore, as a part time employee they say that by Swiss law am I not entitled to lodgings (I still get board) even though I have relocated from another country to be here.

I cannot find the Swiss law stating this and believe I am entitled to lodging just like all the other full time staff, can anyone help me?

Michael
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Re: Board and Lodgings entitlement for part time employees??

AFAIK, there isn't a law. This is a contractual/benefit issue.
What was written into your employment contract ?
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I cannot find the Swiss law stating this and believe I am entitled to lodging just like all the other full time staff, can anyone help me?

Michael
I can not find it either (I searched here). But i am pretty sure you won't find anything about lodging.

You have to look in your contract if you are entitled to lodging or not.
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Re: Board and Lodgings entitlement for part time employees??

Thank you for your quick replies guys, really appreciate it

I was looking in the same place as you and the only thing I found about board and lodging entitlement was here - http://www.admin.ch/ch/e/rs/220/a322.html

It says "Where the employee lives in the employer’s household, his board and lodgings are part of the salary unless agreement or custom provide otherwise."

I think that maybe this applies to me as staff would normally live onsite (in property owned by the organization I work for) or, when no onsite accommodation is available, the organization supplies employees with lodging money to find their own accommodation.

We have a staff handbook which explains our rights and it does not distinguish between full time and part time staff, it just says that any staff having to relocate in order to work there will be supplied with accommodation onsite (or in special circumstances will do as the above paragraph explains). My boss insists that she is following the Swiss law that part time staff are not entitled to lodging benefits but I literally can't find anything saying this and I have a strong suspicion she is making this up... In which case I intend to appeal to someone who has the ability to overrule her.
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Re: Board and Lodgings entitlement for part time employees??

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AFAIK, there isn't a law. This is a contractual/benefit issue.
What was written into your employment contract ?
Binding is the contract text. Since your contract should clearly indicate part time with 80%, if housing is not mentioned in the contract.... no housing requirements from your employer.

My guess is, "household" or "property owned by the organization" is completely different.
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Re: Board and Lodgings entitlement for part time employees??

In your first phrase you refer to an "international organisation". If indeed an international organisation recognised by the swiss authorities as such, they have diplomatic privileges and immunities and would therefore not normally be subject to swiss law anyhow. I am not sure why your boss would refer to swiss law in this case unless your contract refers otherwise.
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Re: Board and Lodgings entitlement for part time employees??

Interesting you say that, the more I was reading on the internet, the more I was getting the impression that Swiss law may not apply anyway. As it happens, my job has always been classed as a "local" position, which I understand would then be subject to Swiss law (the reason for this is that they were always employing a local Swiss person as groundsman). However, when I started the job, they officially had the role classification altered so it is no longer a "local" position.

I think its possible that my boss may have gotten confused by the recent switch and has not realised I am no longer subject to Swiss law.

There is a thread on english forum here that talks a bit about it Expat vs. Swiss Contract Employee
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