Recent news

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

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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Switzerland: Quotas for UK citizens in the event of a No-Deal Brexit

The Swiss government has allotted a new separate quota for British citizens who wish to work in Switzerland in the event of a No-Deal Brexit …

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Switzerland: Analysis of the pay gap between women and men in 2016

Latest figures from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) indicated that the overall pay gap between men and women contracted from 21 …

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Switzerland: Government commission favours parental leave over paternity leave

The Swiss federal government has asked the Commission for Family issues for its recommendations on changing parental rights …

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Switzerland: Part-time employment in Switzerland second highest in Europe

Latest figures from The Swiss Federal Statistical Office showed that in Q2 2017, 36 …

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Switzerland: New draft bill on private sector whistleblowing

The Federal Counsel has issued a new draft bill for whistleblowing protection in the private sector …

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Switzerland: Government to make homophobia and transphobia illegal

The Federal council has voted to update Switzerland’s penal code so that any act of homophobia could be punishable by up to three years imprisonment …

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