Recent news

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

Switzerland: New social security treaty approved by Federal Council

The Swiss Federal Council has now approved a new social security agreement with the UK …

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Switzerland: Credit Suisse extends time-off benefits for Swiss staff

The country’s second largest bank, Credit Suisse, is introducing more time off for parental leave and childcare support and a sabbatical for senior managers …

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Switzerland: Covid certificate not as simple as it seems for Swiss abroad

Swiss Citizens living outside the European Union who have been vaccinated with AstraZeneca may not obtain a COVID-19 certificate in Switzerland …

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Switzerland: Agreement on a “crisis collective labor agreement” at Swissport at Geneva airport

The fallout from the global lockdown has had a huge impact on the airline industry, including services to airport operations …

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Switzerland: UBS to let most staff adopt hybrid working

The Swiss banking giant UBS has determined that two-thirds of its 73,000 staff will, in future, operate permanently on a hybrid work basis …

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Switzerland: Business trips within EEA/Switzerland

Companies wishing to send their employees to other EEA countries on short business trips have long assumed that they can do so without having to comply with lengthy and sometimes complex posting rules …

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Switzerland: Allianz extends paternity leave from 2 to 8 weeks

Currently, under Swiss legislation, fathers are permitted two weeks paternity leave on the birth of their child …

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Switzerland: Employment protection

If a permanent employment contract is established with an initial minimum term then the incumbent is still subject to protection until the end of that term …

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Switzerland: DTAs with Brazil and Saudi Arabia

New Double Taxation Agreements (DTAs) comes into force between Switzerland and two major trading partners – Brazil and Saudi Arabia on 1st January 2022 …

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Switzerland: Swiss upper house votes to raise pension age for women

Over the next ten years, the proportion of retirees in the country will increase by 50% …

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Switzerland: Paid leave for carergivers as of 2021

Under the new Article 329h of the Code of Obligations (CO), employees in Switzerland are entitled to a paid leave to care for sick or injured family members, or partners …

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Switzerland: Adjustment of the limit amounts in the occupational pension scheme (2021)

Joining an occupational pension plan is mandatory for all Swiss private sector employees …

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Switzerland: COVID-19 Swiss flexible approach of the 25% rule

The agreement on the flexible interpretation of the 25% rule between Switzerland and its neighbouring countries Germany, France, Italy, Austria and Liechtenstein is expected to last until 30th June 2021 …

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Switzerland: Electronic & wet signatures

Employers should take great care when using electronic signatures in connection with employment contracts …

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Switzerland: Changes to the law governing working and rest hours

The Code of Obligations has been amended to classify all business travel time within Swiss territory that exceeds normal commuting time as normal working time …

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