Human Resources

These measures may be amended if needed or as the public health situation evolves.

Updated 15 January 2021

As the public schools in the canton of Geneva remain open and professional courses continue, it is important for apprentices to continue their theoretical and practical training. Apprentices are subject to the same measures as employees concerning telework, provided that they receive adequate supervision and the learning objectives can be guaranteed.

Updated 15 January 2021

If you get sick, you must inform your supervisor immediately. You must also let them know when you are better. You are required to provide a medical certificate if you are absent for three days or more.

COVID-19 patients

Please read more on "Quarantine and Isolation" page.

Updated 25 August


During all the year 2020-2021, a hotline providing listening, psychological support and counselling, is set up by the Pôle Cité FPSE team for UNIGE staff.

This line is available from 11 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday (free and confidential). The hotline number is 022 37 99 200.

This hotline is staffed by volunteers who are completing their clinical psychology training and have received specific training in crisis intervention, under the supervision and responsibility of two senior specialists in psychotherapy (Prof M. Debbané, Dr S. With), recognized at the Swiss federal level. 

In case of significant psychological distress or problems requiring specific measures, they will assist you in identifying appropriate professionals within the cantonal mental health care network.

Updated 15 January 2021

All information concerning HR conditions in case of quarantine and isolation is available HERE.

Updated 15  November 2020
Trainees may still be taken on provided that the reception conditions comply with health protection measures and allow adequate supervision of the trainee. The possibility of carrying out a telework placement must be examined beforehand to ensure that the aim of the placement can be achieved through telework alone. A mentoring scheme should also be announced at the time of hiring.

Updated 1st April 2021

I haven't been able to use up all the vacation days I carried over from 2020. Will these days be cancelled?

In 2021 the usual arrangements will apply for the management of vacation days, in particular the maximum time limit for carrying them forward to 31 August. It is important that the remaining 2020 vacation days are taken before this date.

Can my supervisor cancel my vacation if it's already scheduled?

Yes, supervisors can cancel vacation that has already been scheduled. Vacation must be scheduled with the consent of all those concerned, but your employer can prevent you from taking vacation during a given period for work-related reasons.

Do I have to take vacation despite the current situation?

Vacation entitlements are there to safeguard staff members' health. Staff members have to schedule their 2021 vacation despite the public health crisis. As a reminder, although some vacation can be taken in small chunks, all teaching staff must take at least two consecutive weeks off at some point, and all technical and administrative staff must take at least three consecutive weeks off.


Updated 15 January 2021

Am I required to come and work on site if my employer asks me to?

Yes, as long as all the protective measures recommended by the Federal Office of Public Health are in place. If you are not at especially at risk and you don't turn up for work on site with no valid reason, your employer may consider it to be an unexplained absence and act accordingly (such as by taking the time out of your vacation). If you are not at especially at risk and you continue to refuse to come to work, this may be deemed a violation of your duties and you could face disciplinary measures or even have your contract terminated.

In a derogatory manner, people at especially high risk can refuse to do certain work assigned to them if on-site conditions are not safe enough or if they consider the risk of infection to be too high despite the measures taken. > Read more about people at especially high risk