Recent news

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

Switzerland: Basic income to be trialled prior to referendum

Ahead of a national referendum in June, the Swiss city of Lausanne has decided to experiment with offering a basic income to a section of its 150,000 citizens …

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Switzerland: Right to live and work restrictions to be lifted

All restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian citizens’ right to live and work in Switzerland will be lifted from June 1st 2016 …

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Switzerland: Citizens to vote on guaranteed income for all

On June 5th 2016 the Swiss people will vote on a proposed guaranteed basic monthly income from the state of 2,500 francs (2,455 US dollars) per month …

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Switzerland: Gender pay gap narrows

The latest statistics published by the Swiss Federal Statistical Office demonstrate that the pay difference between male and female workers in the private sector in Switzerland fell gradually between 2009 and 2012 from 25% to 21 …

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Switzerland: New collective agreement for temporary workers

Employers and trade unions in Switzerland have reached agreement on the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement for the temporary work sector …

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Switzerland: Wages increasing at less than 1%

In 2014, average nominal wages in Switzerland increased by 0 …

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Switzerland: Rise in cross-border commuters

According to the Swiss Federal Statistical Office, the proportion of foreign cross-border commuters working in Switzerland rose by 3 …

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Switzerland: Bill on new immigration quotas

The Swiss government has unveiled a Bill that would impose new quotas on EU workers from February 2017 …

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Switzerland: Questions over legitimacy of employers’ responses to currency appreciation

The recent decision of the Swiss National Bank to abandon its currency ceiling of 1 …

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Switzerland: New quotas for work permits

Pursuant to an amendment to the Swiss Ordinance on Admission, Stay and Employment, the Federal Council of Switzerland has approved measures to reduce the number of work permits available to both EU/European Free Trade Association (EFTA) nationals and non-EU/EFTA nationals …

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Switzerland: Collectively agreed wage increases

According to the Federal Statistical Office, those employees affected by the main collective labour agreements in Switzerland received, on average, a 0 …

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Switzerland/Cyprus: Double tax treaty signed

On July 25th 2014, Switzerland and Cyprus signed a treaty against double taxation …

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Switzerland: Statistics on reduced working time

According to data released by the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) in Switzerland, reductions in working time (partial unemployment) affected 2,034 people in May 2014 …

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Switzerland: Dialogue on equal pay

The organisation responsible for the project ‘dialogue on equal pay’ in Switzerland has released a statement on the results achieved by the project …

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Switzerland: Extension of restriction on free movement of workers

The Federal Council of Switzerland has decided to extend the temporary restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian workers by a further two years …

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