labour law and social security law
Whether you are an employer or employee, labour relations are at the heart of your professional life. Hence, all of us come face to face with labour law on a daily basis, which raises a large number of legal issues that are often debated in the light of the abundant case law of labour courts.
Our lawyers specialising in labour law, some of whom have worked in companies closely with human resources departments, are regularly consulted to revise staff regulations and draft or review employment contracts, in particular certain complex clauses such as non-competition clauses, employee profit-sharing plans, clauses concerning mobility abroad or in Switzerland for foreign companies with a subsidiary or branch office in Switzerland, or those relating to work-from-home/remote work.
As labour law is largely national and may therefore involve major differences between different legal systems, foreign companies call upon our services to inform them about the rules in force in Switzerland, including – if applicable, depending on the branch of business – whether there are any collective labour agreements, and to prepare the contractual documentation required in Switzerland as well as to obtain the necessary administrative or work permits.
Furthermore, our law firm acts as a "hotline" for companies, thereby enabling them to quickly obtain concise and pragmatic answers to the various issues they may face on a daily basis (illness, accidents, overtime, mobbing/harassment, whistle-blowers, trial periods, end to employment relations, leave periods, releases from working obligations, employment certificates, etc.).
Dispute settlement in labour law is also an important part of our practice. Concerned about ensuring that its clients' interests take precedence, our firm seeks to find an amicable solution, if necessary by resorting to mediation, in cases that lend themselves to such a process. For certain cases, or when an amicable solution has not been found, we intervene in court on behalf of both our employer and employee clients, to assert their rights.
Social insurance law
In connection with labour law, our social insurance specialists also advise employers and employees on all aspects of social security, in particular with regard to unemployment insurance, to occupational pension schemes and daily allowance insurance when an employee falls ill, or when an employee suffers an accident.