Date: 22 July 2021
Time: 1:00 PM UTC
Duration: 60 min
Language: English
Format: Online
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Switzerland: Recent Trends in Swiss Employment Law

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the workplace. Employers have been confronted with new rules on protecting vulnerable employees and general measures designed at preventing a further spread of COVID-19. The authors discuss the situation in Switzerland and provide an update on the measures currently in place, with a particular focus on the legal framework for working in home office, now and in the future.

The pandemic has also taken a hard hit on the economy and, in spite of public funding, led to a rise in restructuring. The webinar will focus on common stumbling blocks when making employees redundant, such as:

• special considerations and procedures when letting go senior employees

• negotiating an enforceable severance agreement

• the increasingly common "mobbing-defense", i.e. the situation that an employee realizes that a termination of his/her employment is impending (often for reasons of inferior performance, after a new superior has started to look more closely) and tries to shift the blame on the employer

• an outline of the special procedure applicable if mass lay-offs are considered, including related pension fund issues.

Monika Naef

Monika E. Naef is Partner & Owner of DUFOUR Advokatur (DUFOUR Attorneys) in Basel, Switzerland. She was previously Head of Section Law of an international chemicals group and legal advisor to human resources and the pension fund of an international pharmaceutical and chemicals group. She is also a member of the board of several SME's and spent 14 years living abroad on three continents. (USA, Europe and Japan).

Her experience covers employment law (corporate, international, expats), contract, trade and company law, negotiations (management and tactics), mergers & acquisitions (M & A) and dispute resolution (litigation and arbitration). She is a Certified Global Negotiator (CGN-HSG) and an INSEAD Alumni.

Anne-Florence Bock

Dr. Anne-Florence Bock is an attorney at law with Dufour Advokatur in Basel, Switzerland. She advises and represents clients on a broad range of employment law topics, both contentious and non-contentious, with a particular focus on severance related matters, including severance agreements. 

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