12 Feb, 2024 by Marianne Favre Moreillon

The subtleties of drafting an employment certificate under Swiss law

12 Feb, 2024 by Marianne Favre Moreillon

An employment certificate is essential when looking for a new job in Switzerland. When drawing it up, the employer has to juggle the often contradictory principles of benevolence and truthfulness.

The employment certificate attests to the employment relationship and certifies the employee's professional and personal skills. The reader must be able to form an opinion about the candidate. There are precise rules for drawing up an employment certificate. It must be both benevolent and favourable to the employee's economic future. It must also be truthful and include unfavourable assessments under certain conditions.

This article covers the following topics:

  • content to be included in the employment certificate
  • rules for drafting the employment certificate
  • principle of truthfulness
  • principle of benevolence
  • unfavourable assessment
  • inappropriate behaviour
  • mention of an addiction or illness

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