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Labour law

Labour law

The following legislation must be complied with when posting foreign workers to Switzerland:

Agreement with the EU on the Free Movement of Persons

  • Agreement with the EU on the Free Movement of Persons (AFMP), Art. 5 AFMP and Art. 17–23 Annex 1 AFMP (available in DE, FR, IT)
  • Freedom of Movement Introduction Ordinance (FMIO) (available in DE, FR, IT)


Posted Workers Act

  • Posted Workers Act (PWA) (available in DE, FR, IT)
  • Posted Workers Ordinance (PWO) (available in DE, FR, IT)


Law on foreign nationals

  • Ordinance on Admission, Period of Stay and Employment (ASEO) (available in DE, FR, IT)


Employment contract law and collective employment law

  • Federal Act on the Declaration of the General Application of Collective Employment Agreements (DGAA) (available in DE, FR, IT)
  • Federal collective employment contracts declared generally applicable (available in DE, FR, IT)
  • Cantonal collective employment contracts declared generally applicable (available in DE, FR, IT)
  • Standard employment contracts stipulating mandatory minimum pay (available in DE, FR, IT)


Regulations relating to occupational health and safety as well as work and rest periods

  • Employment Act (EmpA) (available in DE, FR, IT)
  • Ordinance 1 to the Employment Act (General Ordinance) (available in DE, FR, IT)
  • Maternity protection ordinance (available in DE, FR, IT)
  • Ordinance 2 to the Employment Act (Special Provisions for Specific Groups of Businesses or Employees) (available in DE, FR, IT)
  • Ordinance 3 to the Employment Act (Health Protection) (available in DE, FR, IT)
  • Ordinance 4 to the Employment Act (Industrial Plants, Planning Approval and Operating Licences) (available in DE, FR, IT)
  • Ordinance 5 to the Employment Act (Youth Employment Protection Ordinance) (available in DE, FR, IT)
  • Ordinance on hazardous work for young people (available in DE, FR, IT)
  • EAER ordinance on exceptions to the prohibition of night and Sunday work during vocational education and training (available in DE, FR, IT)
  • Federal Act on Employment in Public Transport Companies (Working Hours Act, WHA) (available in DE, FR, IT)
  • Ordinance on Employment in Public Transport Companies (Working Hours Ordinance, WHO) (available in DE, FR, IT)
  • Ordinance on Working Hours and Rest Periods for Professional Vehicle Drivers (Drivers Ordinance, WHRPO 1) (available in DE, FR, IT)
  • Ordinance on Working Hours and Rest Periods for Professional Drivers of Light Passenger Transport Vehicles and Heavy Automobiles (WHRPO 2) (available in DE, FR, IT)
  • Ordinance on Safety and Health Protection of Employees in the Construction Industry (Construction Industry Health and Safety Ordinance, CIHSO) (available in DE, FR, IT)