The Federal Council has decided to put into force some changes of the Federal Code on Accident Insurance ("Unfallversicherungsgesetz"; UVG) as per 1 January 2017. Some of the changes are relevant for daily employment law practice, including the following:

  • Every employee will be included in the employer’s accident insurance from the start date of the contract even if such day is no working day.
  • After the end of the employment relationship (or from the date, the employees claim for at least half the salary) the employee will continue to be included in the employer’s accident insurance for 31 days (rather than 30 days as it was the case until now) unless the employee starts working for another employer and is thus included in this employer’s accident insurance.
  • After the end of the employment relationship the employee has the option to conclude a private insurance ("Abredeversicherung") for 6 months (rather than 180 days as it was the case until now) with the employer’s insurance company.

The employer remains obliged to inform the employee about insurance law consequences at the end of the employment relationship. Therefore, many employers have standard information leaflets and/or standard information passages in their standard termination letters or termination agreements respectively. Such documents should now be updated to reflect the new time frames (31 instead of 30 days and 6 months instead of 180 days).