Recent news

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

Switzerland: Amount of the minimum wage for Geneva (2021)

On 1st November 2020, the Canton of Geneva introduced a minimum wage of CHF23 (US$25 …

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Switzerland: Precautionary measures

A regulation has been introduced at a Federal level concerning the obligation of employees to wear a face mask in all indoor areas …

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Switzerland: Validity of a post-contractual non-competition clause

A long-standing case concerning the validity of a post-contractual non-competition clause in respect to the employee of a coffee-roasting company still rumbles on …

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Switzerland: Swiss to vote on holding multinationals responsible for supply chains

On 29th November 2020, the Swiss population will be asked to vote in a referendum on the “Responsible Business Initiative” …

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Switzerland: Paid paternity leave of two weeks approved by voters

Although the Federal Parliament in 2019 backed a proposal to introduce two weeks’ paid leave for fathers (Switzerland is one of seven OECD member states not offering paid paternity leave), it was not subsequently ratified under the Gender Equality Act due to strong conservative opposition (FedEE reported in May 2020) …

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Switzerland: Geneva to introduce world-record £19 hourly minimum wage

With effect from 1st November 2020, the statutory minimum hourly wage in the canton of Geneva will be CHF23 (US$25) …

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Switzerland: International arbitration

International arbitration has been possible ever since the passing of the Swiss Private International Law Act in 2008 …

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Switzerland: Unemployment benefits for redundant cross-border worker

There is sometimes some confusion about the payment of unemployment benefits for redundant staff …

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Switzerland: Tax at Source Law

Although a federal “Tax at Source Law” was enacted back in December 2016, it was not required to become effective until 1st January 2021 …

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Switzerland: Pregnancy during the probationary period

In our 2nd July 2020 Newswire, we reported a German case of pregnancy dismissal relating to someone who had been offered a job, but had not yet started work [BAG: Az …

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Switzerland: Vacancy rules

The Swiss Federal government has changed the obligation to inform regional employment centres of vacancies to embrace companies in sectors where unemployment is running at 5% …

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Switzerland: Employers must consider expense reimbursement for employees working at home

Employers implementing remote working on a long-term basis will need to contribute to the cost of a private workspace, as well as further expenses – such as specific equipment that an employee could not reasonably be expected to have at home …

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Switzerland: Whistleblower legislation

Efforts to introduce whistleblower legislation having repeatedly failed (2015, 2018, 2019) …

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Switzerland: Paternity leave to be challenged in a nationwide vote

Although the Federal Parliament last year backed a proposal to introduce two weeks’ paid leave for fathers (Switzerland does not offer paid paternity leave), it has not yet been introduced under the Gender Equality Act …

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Switzerland: Are you prepared for the new Equal Pay regulations?

Amendments to the Gender Equality Act (GEA) will become enforceable from the 1st of July 2020 …

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