28 Mar, 2023 by Marianne Favre Moreillon

The intricacies of holiday pay and compensation

28 Mar, 2023 by Marianne Favre Moreillon

Public holidays are often eagerly anticipated by workers. In practice, there are many intricacies to the compensation of these days and their implementation

The purpose of public holidays is to allow the celebration of religious holidays or the commemoration of historical or social events. Not all employees are entitled to holiday pay. Is an employee entitled to time off in lieu when the holiday falls on a day that is not normally worked, during an incapacity to work or during vacation? What about part-time workers?

This article expands on the following topics:

  • purpose of public holidays
  • prohibition to work on a holiday
  • public holidays applicable when the employee does not work in the canton where the employer is based
  • entitlement to wages on public holidays
  • special case of part-time employees, paid by the hour or by the job
  • compensation for a holiday that falls on a Sunday
  • compensation for a holiday that occurs during an incapacity to work specific case of a holiday that falls during a vacation period

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