Recent news

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

Switzerland: Voters say no to national minimum wage

Swiss voters have rejected an initiative to introduce the world’s highest national minimum wage …

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Switzerland: Backtrack on immigration restrictions

The Swiss government has announced that it will grant workers from Croatia access to its labour market …

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Switzerland: Preliminary figures on average wages published

According to preliminary data from the Swiss Federal Statistical Office, the average gross wage for the private sector rose in 2012 to 6,118 francs (5,100 euros) — this represents a 3 …

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Switzerland: Rise in part-time workers

According to the 2013 Swiss Labour Force Survey conducted by the Federal Statistical Office, between 2003 and 2013 the number of part-time workers in Switzerland rose by 24 …

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Switzerland: Proposals to introduce a national minimum wage rejected

The Swiss government and Federal Council have rejected proposals by trade unions to introduce a national minimum wage fixed by the state …

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Switzerland: Consultation on shop opening hours

On February 19th 2014, the Swiss Federal Council started a consultation process on a new national law regarding shop opening hours …

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Switzerland: No deal on free access to Swiss job market

Switzerland has refused to sign a proposed deal that grants Croatian nationals unrestricted access to the Swiss employment market …

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Switzerland: Restrictions on the free movement of labour

The Swiss people have narrowly approved a referendum on the re-introduction of annual quotas on all foreign migrants living and working in Switzerland — including EU citizens and daily cross-border commuters …

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Switzerland: No to significant immigration reduction

In the latest referendum on immigration, voters in Switzerland rejected the controversial proposal to limit immigration to 0 …

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Switzerland: Voters say no to limits on pay

Swiss citizens have voted against a proposal to peg executive salaries at no more than twelve times the lowest paid employee …

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Switzerland/Bulgaria: New double tax agreement

A new double tax treaty between Bulgaria and Switzerland is due to come into force on January 1st 2014 …

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Switzerland: Training tax exemption rejected

A proposal to exempt professional training allowances from tax has been rejected by the Swiss Federal Council …

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Switzerland: Mandatory social plans

Next month legislation will enter into force in Switzerland that requires large companies to negotiate a “social plan” to minimise the impact of a collective redundancy …

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