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Old 14.04.2009, 15:56
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Does anyone know about rules regarding work on Sundays? For example I have worked on 4 Sundays without any extra pay. Is this according to swiss law? I was told by a workmate that company must pay me 1.5 times my normal wages if I have worked on a sunday. Is this correct?

I work full time (42 hrs a week) on a monthly salary basis and not paid hourly or any overtime.

Any information will definitely help me alot before talking to my MD.

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Old 14.04.2009, 16:01
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Does anyone know about rules regarding work on Sundays? For example I have worked on 4 Sundays without any extra pay. Is this according to swiss law? I was told by a workmate that company must pay me 1.5 times my normal wages if I have worked on a sunday. Is this correct?

I work full time (42 hrs a week) on a monthly salary basis and not paid hourly or any overtime.

Any information will definitely help me alot before talking to my MD.

Cheers...
Most contracts say you don't get paid for working overtime but you can take time off in lieu.

As you didn't specify what kind of job you do, it is hard to give an accurate answer but the 1.5 times salary would probably only apply if you were working as a waitress or as hotel staff, for example.
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Old 14.04.2009, 16:01
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Does anyone know about rules regarding work on Sundays? For example I have worked on 4 Sundays without any extra pay. Is this according to swiss law? I was told by a workmate that company must pay me 1.5 times my normal wages if I have worked on a sunday. Is this correct?

I work full time (42 hrs a week) on a monthly salary basis and not paid hourly or any overtime.

Any information will definitely help me alot before talking to my MD.

Cheers...
What does it say in your contract and what industry sector do you work in?
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Old 14.04.2009, 16:07
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Re: Working on Sundays

It would be advisable to get acquainted with Labour Law or Code of Conduct in your workplace unless you are hired privately by "one-man" run company which might be more difficult to prove your rights!
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Old 14.04.2009, 16:08
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Re: Working on Sundays

I am a field service engineer for a company in ZH. They already told me to take time off for all the work on Sundays. So I guess thats all I get
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Old 14.04.2009, 16:11
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I am a field service engineer for a company in ZH. They already told me to take time off for all the work on Sundays. So I guess thats all I get
And here you have an answer. Time is money (most of the time)
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Re: Working on Sundays

there are very definitely limits within labour law in CH that apply to overtime for 'permies' and 'contractors'. if i can find the links i'll post them later. Contractors are bottom of the heap and have the least rights, but still some protection. but there is delicate decide between what the law allows and what your employer expects for example you may within your rights to refuse to do overtime but when contract renewal comes up teh employer may be less likely to consider an extension.

there are limits per month and year as to the number if additional days you should HAVE to work above the standard 42hr week. if your employer breaks these, there are some serious financial penalties for them.

you should at the very minimum be recording a time sheet with your hours/days worked each month. your employer is obliged to keep these records for their part and present to the authorities when requested. time off in lieu is the cheap option from an employers point of view. you don't get the actual compensation for giving up your free time at a weekend. you will have to see where the balance point is to compensate you for teh inconvenience and what the employer requires. working half day sunday in my mind entitles you to all of monday off. tagging it on to your holidays is usual as well, but it is usually 'at cost' no additional benefit apart from showing loyalty to the company.

its a tough one to get mutual agreement on.
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Re: Working on Sundays

I think that if working Sundays can happen by the very nature of this job (I work in event management) that they can force you to take time in lieu for Sunday's worked and don't necessarily need to pay you extra. We get one day for every Saturday or Sunday worked.
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Old 14.04.2009, 17:38
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Re: Working on Sundays

My husband started a new job a while back and he sometimes as to work weekends and then they give him free days during the week, which honestly pisses me off because during the week our kids have got such messed up timetables for school and KG we can`t do a full family day trip which we like to do at the weekends
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Re: Working on Sundays

Where I am working it isn't allowed to come in on Sundays at all, except for a very good reason and with permission from the HR department which has to get even a legal permission for it. And even then, the same person is allowed to take only a limited amount of Sundays per month for work at the office.

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Re: Working on Sundays

Making you work on Sunday (4 in a row ?) without permission is a definite no no.
If you are obliged to do so then the employer must ensure that you take time off the following week (if I recall correctly)
Sunday work is compensated differently and it's worth finding out.
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I say that.... but I'm currently working loads of overtime too, though I try to avoid Sundays, 'cause by the time Sunday roles around, I can't remember my name I'm so tired !
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Re: Working on Sundays

Resurrecting this thread to hopefully find out more information about the labour laws governing work on Sundays and public holidays, specifically in canton Zurich.

According to this page (see "Sonntagsarbeit und Feiertage"), barring a few special cases, work on Sundays is only authorised on an exceptional and temporary basis and the employee must agree to it. Judging from some of my acquaintances, who more often than not are asked to come to the office at weekends, companies seem to have a very liberal interpretation of the terms "exceptional" and "temporary". The question is, is this entirely legal?

I'd be interested to hear from anybody who has successfully challenged his/her employer for excessive requirements to work at weekends and holidays.
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Re: Working on Sundays

I guess as ever so often, employees aren't always aware of their rights or are too intimated to even ask whether the demands of their employer are according to law.
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Re: Working on Sundays

I found this but it has to be searched more

"Special cases: Temporary work at night, work on Sunday and during public holidays receives a special form of compensation. For regular night work, the labour laws fore-see, for example, compensation in time of 10 %, a compulsory supplement introduced on 1 August 2003 for all workers and which many not be converted into money (except-ing what is due at the end of a working relationship)."

http://www.bfm.admin.ch/etc/medialib...igration-e.pdf

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Re: Working on Sundays

Woking at a co. in Winterthur we have the same rules. As a salaried employee I get a comp day back for Sundays. On top I receive 50% pay for the day.


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Where I am working it isn't allowed to come in on Sundays at all, except for a very good reason and with permission from the HR department which has to get even a legal permission for it. And even then, the same person is allowed to take only a limited amount of Sundays per month for work at the office.
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Re: Working on Sundays

Looks like employers in Switzerland are meant to formally apply to the authorities for the right to ask the employee to work on Sundays (or nights).

https://www.seco.admin.ch/seco/de/ho...apierform.html

https://awa.zh.ch/internet/volkswirt...beitszeit.html

https://www.ch.ch/de/sonntags-und-nachtarbeit/
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Looks like employers in Switzerland are meant to formally apply to the authorities for the right to ask the employee to work on Sundays (or nights).

https://www.seco.admin.ch/seco/de/ho...apierform.html

https://awa.zh.ch/internet/volkswirt...beitszeit.html

https://www.ch.ch/de/sonntags-und-nachtarbeit/
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