Liechtensteins liberal labour laws offer companies maximum flexibility in order to react quickly to changes in core markets. A conscious effort is made to keep bureaucracy traditional and as limited as possible.
The provisions set out in Liechtensteins labour laws govern the rights and duties of employers and employees when it comes to working hours, pay, gender equality, holiday, leisure time, pensions, insurance, protective measures, dismissal and other issues. These laws are in turn based on the General Civil Code (ABGB) and the Law on Labour in Industry, Manufacturing and Trade, abbreviated to Labour Law (ArG).
Collective agreements exist between, on the one hand, Liechtenstein Chamber or Trade and Commerce and Liechtenstein Chamber of Commerce and Industry and, on the other hand, the Liechtenstein Employees Association. Certain collective agreements, which are negotiated for a set period of time, are generally applicable.
The collective agreement for the industry sector is not generally applicable. For manufacturing, the collective agreements for the following trades are generally applicable (standings May 2014):
The collective agreements for the following trades are not generally applicable: