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Old 08.03.2020, 11:55
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Bringing in English Workers for a week

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I'm contemplating bringing in some friends of the family that can help with a house renovation but only for a week or 10 days. They would bring their own van with all of the equipment. Does anybody foresee any problems with this, coming across the border for example?
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Old 08.03.2020, 12:03
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Re: Bringing in English Workers for a week

White vans with foreign plates are like a red rag to a bull at border points.

But will they be bringing only their own, clearly used tools - or white goods and new building materials?
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Old 09.03.2020, 18:05
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Re: Bringing in English Workers for a week

I can't predict if you or your 'friends' will run into problems, but I assume that you know that what you are planning has the potential to run into some serious problems. I can think of the following...

1. There is a non-zero risk that your 'friends' will be stopped at the border, esp. if they are in a van full of tools, the border police may assume that they are planning to do work for pay. It is pretty likely that they border pollice won't accept the excuse that they are 'helping out a friend.' If you bring outside labor into Switzerland, you need to have a permit and prove that the outside laberors are paid a Swiss wage for the work that they are doing in Switzerland. This is one of the 'Flankierende Massnahmen' from the Personenfreizugikeit with the EU. (In order that some freedom of work and freedom of movement was accepted between Switzerland and the EU, the labor unions and the left parties insisted that Switzerland make sure that some rules were put in to prevent workers from outside Switzerland working in switzelrand for non-Swiss wages.) I assume that bringing the tool van into Switzerland would be your biggest risk and that you should probably avoid that if you can.

2. You are responsible to pay certain insurance for people working in your home. If your employees (or friends) are injured and you don't have this insurance, I am sure you'll face other problems. Construction isn't exactly a low risk activity.

3. There is also a construction police ('Baupolizei') that inspects construction sites sometimes. They may notice (or be informed on by neighbors) if you are building. They'll check permits, safety issues, employees pay and have the ability to stop your project and fine you.

Anyway, it is up to you to decide if you want to take the risk. Some aquaintenances of mine did this with English workers. I have no idea what they checked before hand, but they seem to have no problems and their 'friends' were certainly less expensive than Swiss laborers. I am not saying that you shouldn't do this, but I think you should be aware what you are getting into and you shouldn't fool yourself into believing that the simple excuse that it is just some 'friends' will make it legal.
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