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Work on Sundays and holidays

Work on Sundays and holidays

Work on Sundays

In Switzerland, authorisation must be obtained to employ workers on Sunday. The competent cantonal authorities will authorise temporary Sunday work (up to six Sundays annually or for a period up to three months if this is shown to be a one-off occurrence), provided that an urgent need is demonstrated.

List of cantonal authorities, available in DE, FR, IT.

Addresses of cantonal labour inspectorates and the Working Conditions Division of SECO, available in DE, FR, IT.


Work on 1 August and up to eight additional cantonal holidays requires the same authorisation as for work on Sundays. It may also require a police permit, depending on the specific cantonal law on rest days.