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Au Pair in Switzerland: contract and insurance

Before the Au Pair program can start, Host Family and Au Pair have to discuss and sign an Au Pair contract. Read more
 
The Au Pair and Host Family also need to take care of an Au Pair insurance before the arrival. You can get all the important information regarding this topic in this article. Read more
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The Au Pair contract and insurance are important documents that make a stay abroad safe and secure both Host Family and Au Pair from potential problems and misunderstandings
 
In this post we will show you how to deal with the paperwork!

The Au Pair contract

The contract helps both parties to clear expectations towards each other. The agreement should contain all the basic information about the future responsibilities of both parties, as well as the timetable and some rules of the family that are important to know and respect.
 
As there is no official Au Pair contract in Switzerland, we recommend to address the relevant swiss migration center in your canton to obtain it. Participants will also need this agreement for obtaining other legal documents and for visa application. Below are a few important points that we strongly recommend including in the contract:

Termination of the contract

Should there ever be a situation which both Au Pair and Host Family can’t resolve and it impacts the experience, you might consider the termination of the contract. As a rule, there is a two weeks notice period given to both parties. During this period they are trying to find a replacement or an alternative solution. 
 
 

The Au Pair insurance in Switzerland

Au Pairs in Switzerland are considered employees, thus all the participants have to pay social insurance contributions like other employees in Switzerland. Both the Au Pair and the Host Family will pay the contributions. While the participants will pay the contribution from their "salary", the family will cover the other half and take care of the insurance for accidents at work. 
 
The insurance should cover sick pay, unemployment, pension and disability. The Host Family should also cover the accident insurance. We recommend a liability and pension insurance during the stay in Switzerland as well.

Car insurance and driving license

If the Host Family needs the participant to drive a car, they need to confirm several questions. Firstly: Is the participant a confident driver and has enough hours of experience? Secondly: Is the participant’s driver’s license valid in Switzerland? The participants can also look into applying for anInternational driver’s license.


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