30 Jan, 2024 by Marianne Favre Moreillon

Managing overtime under Swiss law

30 Jan, 2024 by Marianne Favre Moreillon

When a company is faced with an overload of work or an increase in the volume of orders, overtime is a necessity. Good management of overtime is essential to avoid an explosion in costs. Young workers, pregnant women or managers, not all employees are equal when it comes to the obligation to work overtime.

As a general rule, employees are required to work the overtime necessary to protect the interests of the company. There are many exceptions to this obligation.

This article develops the following themes :

  • distinction between overtime and additional work
  • annual limits
  • obligation to work overtime
  • overtime at the employee's initiative
  • possibility of refusing to work overtime
  • obligation to perform additional work
  • Sunday or night work
  • employees with family responsibilities
  • continuous training and overtime
  • young people under 18 and pregnant or breast-feeding women
  • payment for overtime in money or time
  • compensation for additional work

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