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Switzerland's double risk list

Since July 2020, the Confederation has compiled a list of countries and regions where there is an increased risk of infection with the coronavirus (so-called FOPH risk list). In addition, the SEM maintains a list of risk countries (so-called SEM risk list) showing the countries for which special restrictions apply regarding a potential entry into Switzerland.

Home Office

By minimising social contacts through the adoption of appropriate measures, the authorities are currently trying to slow down the spread of Covid-19. This also has deep effects on professional life. The instruction to work from home ("home office") is an effective means to achieve this, however there are challenges to overcome.

Coronavirus from employment law perspective

The numbers of new corona infections are during the second wave still very high – even though the trend has been slightly going towards falling numbers again. The pandemic should, however, be taken as an opportunity for employees and employers alike to remember their rights and obligations. The impact of the coronavirus on public life is far greater than the one of past pandemic-like situations. It is impossible to predict with certainty how labour courts will judge various issues which may arise from this pandemic. But Swiss labour law already offers many answers. You will find the most important ones in this magazine article.

Simplified Procedure Short-Time Work

Many companies have to renew their applications for short-time work. The Federal Council has again decided to extend several simplifications.

COVID-19: Transfer Pricing

Due to the outbreak of the corona virus, multinational companies are often confronted with an immediate change in the economic environment, e.g. due to supply chain disruptions or stagnating sales. As a result, actions are required concerning the implemented classical business models and the corresponding transfer pricing systems.

Planning and building law in the Corona crisis

Federal Council issued on 16 March 2020. Despite the move to home offices and the consequent reduction in the range of services offered by cantonal and communal authorities, the authorities are committed to maintaining the planning and building permit procedures in line with the measures ordered to combat the corona virus. As the supervisory authority, the Building Department of the Canton of Zurich issued a circular letter to the communes on 26 March 2020. The following discussion is intended to provide information on how the procedures in building and planning law will continue in the Corona crisis. The information is limited to the Canton of Zurich, although communal differences may arise.

Work and childcare

In March 2020, all schools and kindergartens in Switzerland have been closed for eight weeks. A further school closure is not unlikely. In that case, hundreds of thousands of children would have to stay at home again. But who pays the wages of the employees if they have to look after their children at home? In our FAQ we try to give you an overview of the most frequent questions.

Insurance coverage of epidemics and pandemics

The explosive spread of the corona virus and the resulting official restrictions on business life have led to large and potentially existential financial losses for companies and the self-employed. It is advisable to check whether there is insurance cover for the damages suffered.

Tax Relief

In order to cushion the economic impacts of the spread of the coronavirus, the Federal Council decided, among other things, to provide liquidity aid in tax matters.

Force Majeure in Contract Law

In this article, the question is discussed how contractual defaults caused by the coronavirus are to be legally assessed and what can be legally applied.

Liquidity shortage

As a result of the Swiss federal governmental measures against the coronavirus, many companies in Switzerland find themselves in a liquidity shortage. The Swiss debt enforcement and bankruptcy law contains provisions which protect the debtor’s interest. This gives the debtor time to eliminaLte the liquidity shortage.

FAQ Coronavirus & Employment Law

The coronavirus is spreading rapidly. Except in China, human infection has been confirmed in almost 30 countries. This also poses great challenges and raises questions for employers and employees.

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