Accident Insurance for Domestic Workers

Straightforward insurance for domestic workers and housekeepers

By hiring domestic workers such as housekeepers or babysitters, you become an employer. The law stipulates that employees must be insured against accidents. Take out LAI-mandated accident insurance with Zurich to satisfy this mandatory insurance requirement.

At a glance

  • For an annual premium starting at CHF 100, you can fulfill the legal obligations concerning accident insurance for your domestic workers
  • Taking out your policy is simple because it does not require any information about the insured person
  • The policy covers not only accidents that occur at work, but also any accidents that happen on the way to work
  • Zurich supports the insured person in the event of lost wages, medical expenses and disability, and pays a pension to dependents in the event of death

In detail

The Swiss Federal Law on Accident Insurance (LAI) stipulates that all domestic workers must be insured. Zurich’s insurance for housekeepers and other domestic workers covers accidents that occur at work and directly on the way to work.

Basic coverage of Zurich Accident Insurance

  • Occupational accidents: accidents at work and directly on the way to work
  • Medical expenses and reimbursement of costs: rescue transport, outpatient treatment, hospital treatment (general ward), treatment at a health resort
  • Compensation when unable to work: Zurich pays from the third day following the accident, at 80% of the insured salary when completely unable to work and correspondingly less when partially unable to work
  • Disability support: Zurich  pays a disability pension of 80% of the insured salary for full disability, up to a maximum of 90% in combination with the IV or AHV pension
  • Survivors’ pension in the event of death: Zurich pays a maximum of 70% of the insured salary, up to a maximum of 90% in combination with the AHV or IV pension

Good to know

  • For domestic workers who work fewer than eight hours a week, the law states that it is sufficient to take out occupational accident insurance (at work, directly on the way to work). Employees who work eight hours or more per week in your household must also be insured against non-occupational accidents (e.g. ski accidents)
  • Some cantons require employers to take out health insurance for employees who work in private households, as part of standard employment contracts
  • Contact the compensation office for information about reporting obligations and contribution liabilities in relation to other social insurance, e.g. AHV, IV and ALV. For more information visit the Swiss Confederation website
  • This insurance also includes the following benefits: Medi Point (physician/hospital network) and Case Management

Our advisory service

The law classifies housekeepers and other domestic workers as employees who must be insured against accidents. We would be glad to advise you.

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