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Neat employment conditions

Having a cleaning lady means you have rights and responsibilities. When you employ a cleaning lady* you become a private employer. You not only enjoy the scent of a clean apartment; you must also swallow the bitter pill of administrative tasks.

Whoever employs a cleaning lady should observe the following points.

In four simple steps home.ch will show you that a neat and tidy employment arrangement is not so much the confusing paperstorm than might first appear:

1.     Employment permit for foreign cleaning ladies

If your cleaning lady is not Swiss, you must first clarify whether she is an EU/EFTA citizen or a non-EU/EFTA citizen (without Permit C). In most cantons, the former must be registered. In the case of the latter, you must in addition obtain an employment permit, which can cost between CHF 100 and 150 (one-off), depending on the cantonal provisions. In both cases the cantonal migration and labour market authorities are responsible and will provide the necessary forms for registration and employment permits.

By the way: if a cleaning lady works for a number of employers, she will need an employment permit for each place of work.

2.     Employment contract

In order for the employment arrangement to take effect, you must now conclude an employment contract, either verbally or, better (!) in writing. For this purpose the government provides you with two sample employment contracts (monthly wage/hourly wage) with additional information, which you can complete. The sample employment contracts can be adapted individually, as long as the obligatory legal regulations are not infringed. Here we refer to the cantonal standard employment contracts and the Swiss Code of Obligations.

For cleaning ladies with a minimum degree of employment of 5 hours per week on average for the same employer, the minimum wage for household employees, issued by the government, must be observed. Depending on professional experience, this ranges from CHF 18.20 to CHF 22.

3.     Accident insurance

To ensure that the cleaning lady is insured (where applicable) not only for non-occupational injury but also for workplace accidents, you must register her with an accident insurance of your choice. Most accident insurers charge an annual premium of CHF 100 with an annual income of up to CHF 10,000.

4.     Payment procedures, social security contributions and tax at source

You must pay the social security contributions (AHV/IV/EO etc.) and the tax at source to your cantonal reimbursement office. A difference is made between the simplified and the ordinary payment procedure. As long as your cleaning lady does not earn more than CHF 20,880 per year, the simplified payment procedure is recommended. This means that the social security contributions and the tax at source must only be paid once a year and the calculation of these is done together with the tax calculation. You must register for the simplified payment procedure at your cantonal reimbursement office no later than 30 days after the commencement of the employment arrangement. The relevant forms for the registration and calculation of the social security contributions and the tax at source can also be found on the relevant website.

For specific questions we wish to direct you to the relevant website of the SECO. There you will find everything you need to know about the topic.

So, was this blog entry helpful? Then let us know in the comment box below.

This blog entry provides merely an overview. The legal regulations alone are decisive in the assessment of individual cases.

*In this blog entry the term cleaning lady is not intended to be either disrespectful or discriminating. The expression is simply one of the most common terms for household cleaning staff.

Posted by on April 5th, 2012 Category: Team home.ch No Comments
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(DE) Robert de Heer leitet den technischen Bereich von home.ch und ist für die strategische Ausrichtung von home.ch mitverantwortlich. Nach seinem Journalismusstudium macht der gebürtige Holländer den Master of Business Administration und wendet sich künftig der wirtschaftlichen und technischen Seite der neuen Medien und dem Mobilebereich zu. Robert lebt mit seiner Familie in der West-Schweiz bei Montreux.

(FR) Robert de Heer dirige le secteur technique de home.ch et il est co-responsable de l’orientation stratégique de home.ch. Après avoir terminé ses études de journalisme, le Néerlandais de naissance acquiert un Master of Business Administration et se consacre dorénavant aux aspects économiques et techniques des nouveaux médias et du secteur mobile. Robert vit en Suisse romande avec sa famille, près de Montreux.

(EN) Robert de Heer manages the technical area of home.ch and shares responsibility for the strategic orientation of the platform. After a degree in journalism, the native Dutchman did a Master of Business Administration and turned to the commercial and technical sides of the new media and the mobile sector. Robert and his family live near Montreux in Western Switzerland.

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