Philippines social legislation - private servants

Situation regarding Swiss social insurance coverage of private servants of Philippine nationality employed by members of the permanent missions and of private servants, regardless of nationality, employed by members of the Permanent Missions of the Philippines 

The present notice is directed solely at:

  • private servants of Philippine nationality, holder of a legitimation card "F", employed by a member of a permanent mission of some States (see the list below);
  • private servants, regardless of nationality, holder of a legitimation card "F", employed by a member of a Permanent Mission of the Philippines.

This information note gives additional information regarding Swiss social insurance coverage. The other disposals of the Private Household Employees Ordinance of 6 June 2011 (hereafter "PHEO") remain unchanged.

The situation regarding Swiss social insurance coverage of the private servants of international civil servants remains unchanged and the employers and the private servants must refer to the PHEO.

Swiss social insurance scheme

The term “Swiss social insurance scheme” is understood to mean the following:

  • Old age and survivors’ insurance (AVS),
  • Invalidity insurance (AI),
  • Compensation fund for loss of income because of service or maternity leave (APG),
  • Unemployment insurance (AC),
  • Family allowances (AFam).

These insurances make up an indivisible whole.

The Canton of Geneva also has maternity insurance (AMat) under which persons covered by the Swiss social insurance scheme AVS are obligatorily insured.

More information on the subject:

  • Federal Social Insurance Office Website (OFAS)
  • Compensation Fund Office of the Canton of Geneva (CCGC)

1 - Private servant of Philippine nationality employed by a member of a permanent mission of a State mentioned below

This private servant employed by a member of a permanent mission of one of the following states:

  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Liechtenstein
  • Macedonia
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia

is subject to mandatory coverage by the Swiss social insurance scheme AVS unless he/she has exercised a right to be covered by the social legislation of the State of the employer. This right must be exercised within three months from the commencement of employment. The private servant can no longer be registered in another state as envisaged in the PHEO.

The employer must take the necessary steps to register the private servant for the Swiss social insurance scheme AVS at the Cantonal Compensation Fund Office or by the social security system of the employer’s State. 

In the event of registration with the social security system of the employer’s State, the private servant, assisted by his employer, must make a written request for exemption and present an original insurance certificate to the Cantonal Compensation Fund Office.

2 - Private servant, regardless of his/her nationality, employed by a member of a Permanent Mission of the Philippines

This private servant, regardless of his/her nationality, who is employed by a member of a Permanent Mission of the Philippines is subject to mandatory coverage by the Swiss social insurance scheme AVS, unless he/she exercises a right to be insured under Philippines social legislation. The right must be exercised within six months of the commencement of employment. The private servant can no longer be registered in another State as envisaged in the PHEO.

The employer must take the necessary steps to have the private servant registered with the Swiss social insurance scheme AVS at the Cantonal Compensation Fund Office or with the social security system of the Philippines.

In the event of coverage by the Philippines social security system, the private servant, assisted by his employeur, must make a written request for exemption and present an original insurance certificate to the Cantonal Compensation Fund Office.

3 - Private servant, of Philippines nationality, employed by a member of a permanent mission of another State

The private servant, of Philippines nationality, employed by a permanent mission of another State than the ones mentioned above (1 and 2) is subject to mandatory coverage by the Swiss social insurance scheme AVS, unless he/she is insured in another State (e.g. by the social security of the State of the employer or by Philippine social security).

The employer must take the necessary steps to have the private servant registered with the Swiss social insurance scheme AVS at the Cantonal Compensation Fund Office or with the social security system of another State. 

In the event of coverage by the social security system of another State, the private servant, assisted by his employer, must make a written request for exemption and present an original insurance certificate to the Cantonal Compensation Fund Office. The Cantonal Compensation Fund Office has juridiction to accept or to refuse an exemption.

Professional provident fund (LPP)

The private servants who are insured with the Swiss social insurance scheme AVS is subject to the professional provident fund (LPP) provided he/she receives a gross salary of CHF 21,330.- per year or CHF 1,777.50 per month. The Cantonal Compensation Office decides whether a private servant should be affiliated in a LPP fund.

Other insurances (accidents and health insurances)

The employer and the private servant must refer to the PHEO regarding the accidents and health insurances.

Canton of Geneva 
Compensation Fund Office of the Canton of Geneva
Rue des Gares 12
CH-1211 Geneva 2
Tel. +41 (0)22 327 27 27
Fax +41 (0)22 327 27 10  

Canton of Vaud
Compensation Fund Office of the Canton of Vaud
Rue des Moulins 3
CH-1800 Vevey
Tel. +41 (0)21 964 12 11
Fax +41 (0)21 964 15 38

Specialist Contact

Permanent Mission of Switzerland to UNOG
Office of Privileges & immunities
Rue de Varembé 9-11
P.O. Box 194
CH-1211 Geneva 20
Tel.: +41 (0)58 482 24 24
Fax: +41 (0)58  482 24 37