a. How to Properly Document the Relationship
Although it is not necessary under Swiss law for a contract for services to be in writing, it is recommended for evidential purposes. Such contracts should reflect the most typical characteristics of an independent contractor relationship, such as:
• no exclusivity;
• no specific instructions on work time, place of work etc.;
• no paid leave;
• no provision of materials and work tools; and
• no provision of an office at the principals’ premises.
b. Day-to-Day Management of the Relationship
When managing the contractual relationship with an independent contractor, it is im-portant to observe the discussed criteria and to demonstrate that the independent con-tractor is not integrated into the principal’s business organisation.