According to the Swiss Code of Obligations (CO), overtime hours ordered and accepted by the client company mean the number of hours worked over and above the customary working time in force at the company in question up to the limit defined by the Swiss Labour Law (LTr: Loi sur le travail). Workers must clearly state in their timesheets the reason for overtime and the name of the person that ordered it. Overtime shall be offset through paid leave of the sameduration during the course of thesame year. In the event of a specific agreement, overtime may be paid at the same time as the salary at the basic rate of pay without any supplement.
Under the Swiss Labour law (LTr) overtime work is defined as work carried out over and above the weekly number of hours defined by law (LTr).
As a rule, overtime work is offset through paid leave of the same duration without any supplement during the course of the same year.
In the case of paid overtime, the employer shall pay the workers a 25% increase on their basic salary. In the case of office workers, technicians and other workers including sales staff in large retail stores are only allowed the 25% increase over and above 61 hours overtime during the calendar year in question.