Contracts

The Industrial Relations & Arbitration Office answers all questions relating to collective labour agreements and standard employment contracts. Information is also provided in respect of the employment of domestic staff.

Collective labour agreements

The Industrial Relations & Arbitration Office

  • provides information on issues concerning collective employment agreements
  • is responsible for the Government’s declaration of universal applicability regarding cantonal collective labour agreements
  • documents the collective labour agreements valid in the Canton

The collective labour agreements that have been declared universally applicable in the Canton of Basel-Stadt include the following:

Gypsum industry in the Canton of Basel-Stadt

In the Canton of Basel-Stadt the collective labour agreement of Gypsum industry in the Canton of Basel-Stadt including addendum 1, 2 and 3 as well as appendix 6 is in force, valid until 31 December 2018.

Basler building development industry

The collective labour agreement applicable only for the Canton of Basel-Stadt is no longer valid. Since 1 January 2014 it has been replaced by a new collective labour agreement for the Basel building development industry which is valid for the Cantons Basel-Stadt und Baselland. You can find the exact wording in the link here below “List of universally binding collective labour agreements”.

Further relevant information on collective labour agreements 

Standard employment contracts

The Industrial Relations & Arbitration Office is responsible for all questions relating to standard employment contracts, in particular standard employment contracts for domestic staff.

Domestic staff

The standard employment contract for domestic staff (NAV)

entered into force in Switzerland on 1 January 2011. The NAV specifies minimum wages that are binding for the whole country.
Gross minimum wages excluding holiday premiums and paid bank holidays amount to:

  1. Unskilled: CHF 18.90/hr
  2. Unskilled with a minimum of 4 years’ relevant experience: CHF 20.75/hr
  3. Skilled (with EBA – Federal Vocational Certificate): CHF 20.75/hr
  4. Skilled (with EFZ – Certificate of Competence): CHF 22.85/hr

The new NAV and the specified minimum wages exclusively apply to employment contracts involving 5 hours per week or more. Furthermore, there are restrictions in terms of personal applicability.

The standard employment contract for domestic staff in the Canton of Basel-Stadt governs all contracts involving more than 4 working hours per week and is regulating the working conditions.

If you are employing new domestic staff, please use our Guidelines, domestic staff.

Further important links and forms 

NAV model contract, monthly wages

NAV model contract, hourly wages

Guidelines, domestic staff

Sample wage accounting

Recording of working hours acc. to the NAV for domestic staff, BS

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Ausgleichskasse Basel-Stadt

Protection from termination subject to Art. 336c CO

Agricultural staff

The standard employment contract for agricultural employment in the Canton of Basel-Stadt applies to agricultural employment in the Canton of Basel-Stadt.

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