Before au pairs leave their home country, they should sign an au pair contract together with the host family. The contract will specify the rights and duties of both parts and will regulate the conditions of the au pair stay (length of stay, working hours, holidays, language course, pocket money, etc.)
In Switzerland, au pair contracts comply with the normal employment contracts for domestic workers. As those standard contracts differ from canton to canton, there is no single official au pair contract for the whole of Switzerland. We recommend that you contact the relevant Swiss migration and job centre to obtain the form valid in your canton.
Three copies of the contract need to be prepared and signed. The au pair and the host family each receive a copy and the third copy goes to the relevant cantonal immigration and labour market authority.
It is possible to terminate the contract before its scheduled conclusion, for example if the au pair and host family are not getting along. The Swiss regulations indicate that the contract usually has a month probationary period. During this time, the contract can be terminated with a notice period of 7 days. After the probationary period is over, termination of the au pair contract is only possible when done in writing with a notice period of one month.
In serious cases, the contract can be terminated immediately and thus without a notice period. In these cases, termination must be effected in writing and there must be a legitimate reason for the termination. If the family terminates the contract without serious reasons or without adhering to the notice period, the au pair has a right to their pocket money and non-monetary benefits (or the corresponding amount of the non-monetary benefits until the end of the notice period or until the end of the contract). In such cases, the au pair also has the right to compensation for any damages caused by the unreasonable termination of the contract.