Recent news

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

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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Switzerland: Social security rules (Post Brexit)

As the UK is no longer a member of the European Union, employers wishing to post employees to work between the UK and Switzerland are now no longer under the EU Coordination rules, unless their jobs postings commenced prior to 31st December 2020 …

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Switzerland: New paternity leave and allowance

An adjustment (Art 329) to the Code of Obligations, introducing a right to two weeks’ paternity leave, is now in force …

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Switzerland: 2021 work permit quotas unchanged from 2020

The Swiss government has decided to apply the same work permit quotas – 4,500 B (longer term) and 4,000 L (short term) work permits – as in 2020 for non-EEA nationals next year, whilst the special quota for British citizens – 1,400 short-term L Permits and 2,100 long-term B permits – will also remain unchanged …

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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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