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Hiring a cleaner - Things to note

Your own cleaner - Many homeowners hire cleaners to save time and to minimize the burden of this tedious side activity as much as possible. Even though a cleaning lady usually seems practical and helpful at first glance, there are many legal aspects that you need to take into account.

Adjusting to your needs

To find the perfect cleaner, you should create a structured plan that includes all of the housework that needs to be done. This gives potential applicants all the information they need to know what exactly they will be dealing with in your household, allowing you to find the most suitable cleaner. It is best to hire a long-term cleaner for all regular housework so that they show up at the specified times and do that housework. Although individual cleaning appointments can also be booked on a one-time basis, they are usually more expensive than a regular cleaner.

Taking legal issues into account

Since hiring a cleaning lady puts you in the role of an employer, you also need to take appropriate protective measures and take care of your employee's registration. But what exactly awaits you in terms of administration?

Buying accident insurance

Even if cleaners are, in principle, insured for accidents by their own health insurance, you still need to take out additional insurance for your employee. Private health insurance is only for accidents outside the scope of activities, so it only helps you a little. To make the price of 100 Swiss francs per year worth it, your cleaner should clean your place at regular intervals.

Registering your cleaner

No matter how often you make use of your cleaner's services, registration is required from you for all remunerated work. Anything else corresponds to illegal employment, which can even end you up in prison.

Sickness compensation for your cleaner

If you have an employment contract with your cleaner, you are also bound by the relevant obligations. These are included in their entirety in the Swiss Code of Obligations. Thus, if you have contractually negotiated a fixed income, you are also obligated to pay your employee's salary during long periods of sick leave.

Managing the withholding tax

En Suisse, l’impôt à la source se compose de 0,5% d’impôt fédéral et de 4,5% d’impôt cantonal et communal. Vous pouvez le déduire du salaire de votre aide-ménagère, mais vous devez quand même payer le salaire minimum légal.

En cas de quiproquo, vous êtes responsable des dommages et intérêts.

The withholding tax in Switzerland consists of 0.5 percent federal tax and 4.5 percent canton and municipal tax. Although it is possible for you to deduct it from your cleaner's salary, you still need to pay them the legal minimum wage.

In case of doubt, you are liable for damages
If there are misunderstandings or mistakes during the cleaning work, you can make a claim to compensation for damages from your cleaner only in very rare cases. They are only obliged to make good the damage if proof of guilty action is provided. If a treasured heirloom falls off the dresser while your cleaner is vacuuming, you will have to deal with the damage.

It takes many months before a cleaner can legally and safely work for you. The costs and the additional expenses incurred are also very high, such that hiring a regular cleaner actually only makes sense when there is an extreme need for it.

If you do not want to have to deal with this comprehensive administration work, you can book your cleaner quickly and easily on a professional cleaning platform like Movu.ch and get the service when you really need it. The insurance and the required cleaning material is always included in the price, so you do not have to worry about it. Since the cleaner is not employed directly by you, but by the agent, the agent also handles the associated duties. You can therefore concentrate fully on other priorities and leave the management of your cleaners to the platform.

Fast, reliable and transparent

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