Recent news

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

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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Switzerland: Work permit quotas for 2019 released

According to the Swiss Federal Council, in 2019 the total annual quota for Non-EU work permits will be increased by 1,000 to 4,500 long-term (B) permits, whereas the short-term (L) permit quotas will be decreased by 500 to 4,000 …

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Switzerland: New job reporting obligation for employers

Employers may not now advertise any job positions where the unemployment rate exceeds 8% (5% from 2020) until they have notified the position to the regional unemployment office (RAV) …

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Switzerland: Government rejects proposed burqa ban

On the 27th of June, the Swiss federal government opposed the idea of a nationwide ban on facial coverings in public, saying it’s up to the cantons to legislate on the issue …

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Switzerland: Federal Data Protection Act

The amended Swiss Federal Data Protection Act has now finished its period of public consultation and enters into force on August 1st 2018 …

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Switzerland: 300 criminal cases for cross-border mutual assistance

The Swiss Attorney General has confirmed that his team is working on over 300 criminal cases for cross-border mutual assistance – many of them in respect to the prosecution of major companies and top executives …

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Switzerland: Labor market test to be implemented for occupations with high unemployment

Back in February 2014 the Swiss population voted in a referendum to introduce quotas on foreigners entering the country and requiring preference for nationals to obtain jobs in the country …

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Switzerland: No quick deal on new EU treaty

The European Commission is putting the federal Swiss government under pressure to make progress over a proposed new treaty between the EU and Switzerland – which was originally intended to be signed this Spring …

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