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Holiday pay when leaving the country

I have a question about resigning when you have vacation days left. What would happen with the vacation days if I were to transfer to another company in Switzerland?

(I think in a Scandinavian country your vacation days can follow you, but how is it here?)

On top of this I am actually leaving my Swiss employer and moving out of Switzerland. In my case would the company typically pay the remaining vacation days in cash or are they just forfeited?

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Re: Holiday pay when leaving the country

They are definately not forfeited but you may have to take them in your notice period, that's how it's done in a few companies I know.

Good luck with you move.

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Re: Holiday pay when leaving the country

Thanks NatsBrit.

In my case I have a one month notice period. I think I would have enough holiday days to cover most of this month.

On the other hand I am not sure if my employer will accept that I take holiday days as I have already given my resignation.

If they will not allow me to take them as time off...

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Re: Holiday pay when leaving the country

You just cash them (i.e you will be paid for each day of vacation you have a left, based on your salary)... I would gave recommend you to let your employer know about your intentions when you write your resignation letter (which is a bit too late now..... ). At this point, i am not sure whether your employer will decide at its best convenience what to do or if you will be able to negotiate it. But since the Swiss laws are so pro-employer, my guess would be that the employer might opt to pay you those days rather than let you go on vacation...

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Re: Holiday pay when leaving the country

Holidays are calculated pro-rata but over the year here which is different than in Scandinavia e.g where you usually have to "earn" your days before you can take them. When you leave the company during the year they do a clearing of you holiday allowance vs how much you have taken. Any saldo you can either take during your time left if they let you or you will get it paid out when you leave. When you start your new job you start with zero but again pro-rata over the rest of the year. If you start Nov 1, you will have 3.5 days holiday for 2008 assuming you have 4 weeks in your contract.
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Re: Holiday pay when leaving the country

Yes, that is correct. The employer is not obliged to let you take holiday.


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Re: Holiday pay when leaving the country

i found this in the search.

my question:

leaving basel in october. my contract states one month notice. i have 15 days left of vacation. can i tender resignation a month and a half early i wonder and use those 15 days as paid?

it's not with a company and with a private employer in a house.

i will also be googling the laws with my work visa and asking my pal in geneva.

but if anyone is familiar with this please PM/post here.

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Re: Holiday pay when leaving the country

Two different things - vacations and notice period.

Normally how vacation days are paid (either with time or money) is negotiated with the employer. They might opt to have you working until the final day and pay you, or to have your simply burning those days.

Regarding your notice, it also depends on what is stated on the contract. Normally, it is end of the month. Meaning, you sen your lets in late August and September will be your month notice. Your last day would be September 30th. However, you might have on your contract that the notice period is a natural month. Meaning you hand over your resignation on the 15 of August and your last day will be 15 of September. But, again, for this you will have to check on your contract.
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Re: Holiday pay when leaving the country

it just says "one months notice" so i assume that to be 30 days/31 days....

i have a bit of time to figure this out....
my ticket home is for october 9.

part of me wants to take the paid vacation because then i can see a bit more while still here!
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