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Hello,

I am currently a nanny for a family with 4 kids in the Canton of Vaud. One of the children is special needs.

Upon taking this role, the mom fired the house cleaner and person who did their laundry and has now added this to my tasks list as I am paid on a salary and not hourly wage.

It was agreed that I would work 44 hours a week or until one of the parents is present and then I can leave. However, the father has been out of work the entirety of the last year and is always home. So they require that I stay until the mom returns.

I feel I am horribly underpaid and overworked. The mom is a lawyer and I feel there is really no discussion about things as I am told what I am asked to do is part of my job and I need to deal with it.

Am I protected at all in this type of job? Can I quit and not be penalized for unemployment benefits? What salary is fare for this kind of work? Are there any laws surrounding this?

I feel like because I am new to Switzerland and even though my husband is swiss, we don't know anything about this. I feel like I am truly being taken advantage of.
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Old 15.03.2020, 17:07
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How good is your French - or does your OH speak/read French

https://www.vaudfamille.ch/N3401/dec...ma-nounou.html

the salary depends on your qualification and experience. Have they declared you legally? Are they paying for your medical/accident insurance and AVS pension? How many hours do you work per week? Sounds like you are being taken for a ride- and this happens so often (and not just in CH- I rescued so many Au Pairs in the UK).

Bonne chance.
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Welcome to the forum and yes, there are laws governing this.

Sadly, PerfectWay have updated their site and lost a lot of useful info in the process. But there are minimum salaries and the employer has certain obligations. At the bottom of this link there are some employment contracts, but unfortunately they're all for the German speaking cantons so you may need someone to translate for you.

https://www.perfectway.ch/en/for-fam...mestic-workers

As for unemployment, if you have worked for them for a year or more then you should be entitled to unemployment.

If a parent is at home I honestly can't see the need for a nanny. Is he really that lazy? Like Odile, I think you're being exploited so if you're unhappy then give notice and leave. You were hired as a nanny, not a domestic worker - your job is to look after the children, period.
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You should certainly search for a new job. If they are just exploiting you, you are unhappy and the salary is not sufficient to compensate.
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Considering that she has not replied to any posts I would say she has no interest in any advice
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Hello,

I am currently a nanny for a family with 4 kids in the Canton of Vaud. One of the children is special needs.

Upon taking this role, the mom fired the house cleaner and person who did their laundry and has now added this to my tasks list as I am paid on a salary and not hourly wage.

It was agreed that I would work 44 hours a week or until one of the parents is present and then I can leave. However, the father has been out of work the entirety of the last year and is always home. So they require that I stay until the mom returns.

I feel I am horribly underpaid and overworked. The mom is a lawyer and I feel there is really no discussion about things as I am told what I am asked to do is part of my job and I need to deal with it.

Am I protected at all in this type of job? Can I quit and not be penalized for unemployment benefits? What salary is fare for this kind of work? Are there any laws surrounding this?

I feel like because I am new to Switzerland and even though my husband is swiss, we don't know anything about this. I feel like I am truly being taken advantage of.

Sorry to say but some of the worst employers of domestic staff are often lawyers. Nannies are governed by a legal minimum wage, https://www.ahv-iv.ch/p/2.06.e please see this link, plus a lot of other obligations.

It is a very common situation with nannies, housekeepers and cleaners in switzerland (well...and globally too). Maybe think about looking at joining the Swiss Nanny Association. It's a non profit organisation and they help nannies like yourself who have been taken advantage of, and advise on legal rights. It's only around 50chf per year to join, and the ladies who run it are wonderfully helpful. https://www.swissnanny.org/

Good luck. Being in a situation like that is never nice, but try writing down all of the issues you have and talking to the parents? You never know it could work?

What does your contract say in regards to notice? Usually it's only 2 months in the first year once you're out of your probabation period.

Good luck.
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