A company's success is largely dependent on the people who work for it. To remain competitive in the fight for talent, employers not only need to be thoroughly familiar with employment law, they must also recognise both national and international developments in this area at an early stage.

Our professionals in employment, social security and tax law issues have many years of experience in a variety of industries and provide clients with comprehensive, in-depth advice on all aspects of the employer-employee relationship. Besides drafting contracts, our efforts focus primarily on providing support in transactions, negotiations and conflict resolution with individual employees, employee representatives and trade unions.

We advise clients on the design of modern compensation structures and use our experience for the benefit of the companies we serve, helping them remain attractive employers.


Employment
Introduction

A company's success is largely dependent on the people who work for it. To remain competitive in the fight for talent, employers not only need to be thoroughly familiar with employment law, they must also recognise both national and international developments in this area at an early stage.

Our professionals in employment, social security and tax law issues have many years of experience in a variety of industries and provide clients with comprehensive, in-depth advice on all aspects of the employer-employee relationship. Besides drafting contracts, our efforts focus primarily on providing support in transactions, negotiations and conflict resolution with individual employees, employee representatives and trade unions.

We advise clients on the design of modern compensation structures and use our experience for the benefit of the companies we serve, helping them remain attractive employers.

Experts Products & experience

Our key areas of activity are:

  • Private and public employment law
  • Collective employment law, including health protection and safety in the workplace
  • Recruitment, monitoring, reviews and surveys
  • Negotiating and drafting contracts, terms and conditions of employment, and directives
  • Developing working models
  • Designing compensation and bonus programmes
  • National and international employee share ownership schemes (stock, options, profit sharing, incentive, phantom stock and phantom option plans)
  • Employment law aspects of M&A transactions
  • Employee integration following M&A transactions
  • Employment law aspects of outsourcing and insourcing projects
  • Job placement and personnel leasing
  • Notices of termination of employment, restructuring and mass dismissals
  • Employee monitoring and investigation
  • Court actions and out-of-court dispute resolution
  • Anti-discrimination
  • Developing, implementing and restructuring pension plan solutions, vested benefits, pension plan mergers and liquidations
  • Taxation
  • Social security
  • Data protection
  • Immigration and work permits
Publications














Kurzkommentar Arbeitsgesetz ArG(Short commentary to the Employment Act )

by Philippe Nordmann
1. Auflage, Basel 2018 (Art. 9-13)


Kurzkommentar Arbeitsgesetz ArG(Short commentary to the Employment Act)

by Fabian Looser
1. Auflage, Basel 2018 (Art. 9-10)








Private mergers and acquisitions in Switzerland: overview

co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Markus Vischer
in: Thomson Reuters (Editor[s]), "Practical Law, Multi-jurisdictional Guide 2016/17, Private mergers and acquisitions"
UK 2016 (www.practicallaw.com)






Management Buy-out - Vorvertragliche Aufklärungspflichten der Manager (Management Buy-out - Pre-Contractual Disclosure Obligations of the Managers )

by Alex Nikitine
in: Rudolf Tschäni (Editor[s]), "Mergers & Acquisitions XVIII"
Zurich / Basel / Geneva 2016, pp. 239-277 (Sonderdruck aus Europa Institut Zürich, Band 169)




Chapter 31 Switzerland: Social Media and Employement Law. An International Survey

by Ueli Sommer and Christoph Stutz
1st Edition, Leiden, The Netherlands 2015, p. 576


Private mergers and acquisitions in Switzerland: overview

co-authored by Urs P. Gnos and Markus Vischer
in: Thomson Reuters (Editor[s]), "Practical Law, Multi-jurisdictional Guide 2015/16, Private mergers and acquisitions"
UK 2015 (www.practicallaw.com)


Kommentierung zu Art. 16 CEDAW UNO-Übereinkommen, Umsetzung in der Schweiz(Commentation to art. 16 CEDAW UN-Convention, Implementation in Switzerland)

co-authored by Monika Pfaffinger and Domino Hofstetter
in: Schläppi/Ulrich/Wyttenbach (Editor[s]), "Kommentar zum UNO-Übereinkommen zur Beseitigung jeder Form von Diskriminierung der Frau (CEDAW). Allgemeine Kommentierung – Umsetzung in der Schweiz – Umsetzung in Österreich"
Berne 2015, pp. 1211–1249











Der Personalverleih - Unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des GAV Personalverleih(Staff leasing – Taking into special consideration the collective bargaining agreement on staff leasing)

by Fabian Looser
Basel 2015












Müssen Arbeitnehmer für geleistete Überstunden entschädigt werden?

by Philippe Nordmann
in: "Basler Zeitung" 7 December 2012


Whistleblowing (Switzerland)

by Simone Dobler
in: "DataGuidance" 12 April 2012





Rechtliche Anforderungen an die Zutritts- und Zeiterfassung: Was ist erlaubt? (Legal requirements for access and time logging: What is allowed?)

Speaker: Jürg Schneider
SES-Fachtagung
Zurich 21 June 2011


E-Discovery and Data Privacy – Chapter on Switzerland

co-authored by Jürg Schneider, Ueli Sommer and Michael Cartier
in: Catrien Noorda/Stefan Hanloser (Editor[s]), "E-Discovery and Data Privacy – A Practical Guide"
The Netherlands 2011, pp. 277–294





Monitoring of employees and data protection: Leeway under ordinary conditions and how to handle suspicion of data theft

Speaker: Jürg Schneider
International Technology Law Association, 2010 European Conference
Berlin 28 October 2010


Chapter 42: Switzerland

by Ueli Sommer
in: Wendi S. Lazar/Gary R. Siniscalco (Editor[s]), "Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Employment Law: An International Survey, Volume I Europe"
Chicago, IL, USA 2010


The Employment Law Review «Switzerland»

by Erika C Collins
co-authored by Ueli Sommer
in: Law Business Research Ltd (Editor[s]), "The Employment Law Review"
London 2010, pp. 397–407 (Chapter 31)


Investing in Switzerland

Speakers: Martin Busenhart and Marcus Desax
International Taxation Conference
Mumbai 5 December 2009





Arbeiten in der Schweiz

co-authored by Philippe Nordmann and Regula Hinderling
in: "WirtschaftsBild" April 2009, pp. 2. 20 f.







Beendigung des Arbeitsverhältnisses mittels Aufhebungsvertrag(Termination of Employment Relationships by Termination Agreement)

co-authored by Ueli Sommer
in: "Arbeitsrechtliche Entscheidungen" 1/2008



















Die rechtliche Qualifikation von Verwaltungsrats- und anderen Organverträgen(The legal qualification of the contracts between the company and its board members and executive managers)

by Ueli Sommer
in: "Aktuelle Juristische Praxis (AJP)" 9/2004, pp. 1059–1066


Locating and Managing the Global Business

by Martin Busenhart
in: "IBA Section of Business Law, Taxes Committee Newsletter" 2/2004 Vol. 10








Abwerbung von Personal und Kunden, unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der Abwerbung durch Arbeitnehmer(Solicitation of Employees and Customers, in particular Solicitation Carried Out by Employees)

by Markus R. Frick
Zurich 2000 (Dissertation)


La Prise de Participation des Cadres au Capital-actions de leur Entreprise(Employee stock plans)

by Luc Defferrard
in: "Le Temps" 1999 (Special Edition Banking)


Bundesgesetz über Schuldbetreibung und Konkurs – Kommentar zu Art. 166–170 SchKG

by Philippe Nordmann
in: Staehelin/Bauer/Staehelin (Editor[s]), "Basler Kommentar, 1. Auflage"
Basel 1998


Bundesgesetz über Schuldbetreibung und Konkurs I – Kommentar zu Art. 166-170, Band II, ab S. 1549

by Philippe Nordmann
in: Staehelin/Bauer/Staehelin (Editor[s]), "Basler Kommentar, 2. Auflage"
Basel 1998


Die missbräuchliche Kündigung im schweizerischen Arbeitsvertragsrecht unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des Gleichstellungsgesetzes

by Philippe Nordmann
in: Philippe Nordmann (Editor[s]), "Basler Studien zur Rechtswissenschaft (Band 41)"
Basel 1998


Business Law Guide to Switzerland

by Marcus Desax
Wiesbaden 1991


CH 1–5. Arbeitsverhältnis und Urheberrecht(Labour Law and Copyright)

by Roland von Büren
in: "Videorecht und Videopraxis in der Schweiz"
1986


Teilzeitarbeit und temporäre Arbeit als neue Formen von Dienstleistung im schweizerischen Recht(Part-time and temporary Work)

by Roland von Büren
Berne 1971