Compensation Strategy Workshop

Your people are your key asset – incentivize them right while minimizing legal risk and tax impact. Whether you wish to set up a company bonus plan, a sales commission plan for your salespeople, an expense policy, equity participation plans or another compensation strategy, it is crucial to structure it right from the beginning to avoid liability risks and overpayment of taxes. Distinguishing between yearly bonus, sales commission, variable compensation, expenses, discretionary bonus or gratuity, and 13th salary is key to ensure a flawless understanding between the company and its employees.  

Our employment legal experts tailor our workshop to your specific needs to provide you guidance on which forms of compensation are right for your company and to get to an action plan on effectively implementing your compensation strategy.  

Compensation Strategy Workshop 

Goal of the workshop

The workshop‘s goal is for you to understand the different options and their legal risks to reward your employees with cash and equity incentivization, being bonuses, sales commission, expenses, equity, and that you have the necessary tools to implement these options for each case in an optimized way.  

What it is and what you get 

Based on your stated goals, industry best practice and existing documents, such as employment agreement or company regulations, our employment legal experts will prepare a 2h workshop (online or in-person) where we will dive into the following topics:  

Understand the options

Bonus vs. sales commission

Discretionary vs. mandatory bonus

13th salary vs. yearly bonus

Base compensation and expenses

Equity participation options

Understand the legal risk  

When is a bonus part of the salary due even if an employee terminates the employment relationship

What is the taxation impact of different compensation options

Know what steps are required to implement specific compensation plans and what ongoing administrative efforts are needed to manage such plans.  

We then provide you with a specific action plan for your company that covers:

Overview of options relevant to your company setup

Overview of documents that need to be improved or drafted to streamline your compensation strategy

Who is it for

Companies based in Switzerland or Germany which either want to reward their employees with bonuses or sales commissions or offer variable compensation to incentivize their collaborators 

How long it takes

Once we had the free call, it typically takes us 5-7 business days to prepare and conduct the workshop and then provide you with the guide and the companyspecific action plan.   

Flat fee

CHF 1’800 (excl. VAT)

Setup Process

  1. 1
    Intro call

    In a first call, we discuss your interest in the workshop and its details. We will gather information to prepare the workshop. This first call is free, even if you decide not to carry on with the workshop.  

  2. 2

    To maximize the workshop’s outcome and tailor it to your needs, we will prepare it based on your current documents such as employment agreements, and company regulations, as well as on your desired goal regarding bonus incentives.   

  3. 3

    2h workshop with our employment legal experts.  

  4. 4
    Guide & action plan

    We provide you with a specific action plan for your company.  

About us

We’re a growing team of 30+ legal professionals. Some of our experts include:

  • 1

    Thomas focuses on Intellectual Property, Data Protection & IT Contract Law and advises companies on commercial strategies, Intellectual Property protection and technology-related legal issues. As head of the in-house team, he is responsible for advising and supporting our clients in their day-to-day business. 

    Thomas Kuster, Head of IP & Contracts, Legal Expert 

  • 2

    Yoann’s focus is on advising clients on HR issues. He also assists with corporate and IP matters, as well as contractual and data protection issues. 

    Yoann Garraux, Senior Legal Counsel 

  • 3

    Julia is an expert in data protection law and advises companies on all aspects of implementing existing and future regulations in the digital sector as well as on labor law issues. 

    Julia Peidli, Senior Legal Counsel 

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