Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Switzerland as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Switzerland: A draft proposal on whistleblowing rejected by the Federal Parliament

A draft proposal on whistleblowing has been rejected by the Federal Parliament …

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Switzerland: Merck Sharp and Dohme is introducing a new parental leave

The pharmaceutical company Merck Sharp and Dohme is currently introducing a new parental leave policy for all its employees in Switzerland …

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Switzerland: Swiss vote to approve legislation to protect LGBTQ+ rights

A referendum has expressed strong public endorsement for legal protection on the basis of sexual orientation and sexual identity …

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Switzerland: Minimum wage in several Cantons

Switzerland remains one of a handful of European countries not to have in place a national minimum wage …

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Switzerland: Record number of foreign workers commute to Switzerland from abroad

Over the year to Q3 2019, the number of people from neighbouring countries commuting to Switzerland for work each day increased by 4 …

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Switzerland: Government reveals number of non-EU work permits it will grant in 2020

8,500 B (longer term) and L (short term) work permits shall be issued to non-EU or EFTA nationals by the Swiss government in 2020, whilst a special quota for British citizens will be made up of 2,100 B-permits and 1,400 short-term L-permits …

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Switzerland: Tough times for whistleblowers

An illustration of how the actions of an ethical whistleblower can find their disclosures seriously blow back in their face can be found in the case of Lawyer Eckart Seith …

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Switzerland: Investors urge support for Swiss human rights due diligence law

Swiss pension fund establishments, including CPEG, CAP Prévoyance and Retraites Populaires, are calling on members of the lower house of parliament to support mandatory human rights and environment protection due diligence for Swiss companies – proposed legislation that was rejected by the upper Chamber last year …

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Switzerland: Schengen visa prices to increase from February 2020

With effect from February 2nd 2020 those applying for a Schengen short-term visa to enter Switzerland will be charged 80 euros, instead of the current 60 euros …

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Switzerland: Federal corporate tax reform

A Federal corporate tax reform has received Swiss voters’ approval and is set to take effect in January 2020 …

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Switzerland: Internal salary analysis

An amendment to the Swiss Gender Equality Act requires that employers with 100+ staff conduct an internal salary analysis every four years …

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Switzerland: Stricter language skill requirements for foreign nationals

Although Switzerland has three official languages, the new Foreign Nationals and Integration Act aims at facilitating the integration of foreign nationals into the country …

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Switzerland: ILO blacklists Switzerland

Ironically, as the ILO is based in Geneva, Switzerland has recently been added to the ILO’s blacklist, along with some 40 countries that are not compliant with their international obligations …

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Switzerland: Referendum on guns threatens Switzerland’s membership of Schengen

Swiss membership of the EU Schengen visa-free travel region will end if citizens vote in a referendum on the 19th of May against new EU gun controls …

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Switzerland: New national salary calculation tool

A new national salary calculation tool has recently been published by the federal authorities …

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