Gov’t issues guidelines for employers on staff privacy


What to do, what not to do: staff going online, using video surveillance cameras BERN, SWITZERLAND – The myriad privacy do’s and don’t do’s in Switzerland, which has strict data protection laws, should become easier for employers to manage, with updates to the ThinkData web site, published by a working group of which the Federal […]

Working women outstrip men as serious car accident risks


Men are becoming more sensible drivers more rapidly Women 18-24, en route to work, are most at risk GENEVA / BERN, SWITZERLAND – Working women who drive are at their worst on the road between 07:00 and 08:00, particularly women ages 18 to 24, show figures pubished 9 January by the Suva, Swiss obligatory accident […]

Black market labour battle showing results, says Bern

BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss federal government says the fight against black market labour is showing results, thanks to strong support from the cantons. Inspectors carried out 1,130 checks of companies and checked 33,866 individuals in 2011, a slight drop, according to Bern’s figures, but the government says cantons carried out more in-depth investigations last […]

Irish employers asked to pay for workers’ sick leave

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Ireland’s employers’ will soon be asked by the government to foot €150 million to cover the cost of the first four weeks of workers’ sick leave, the Irish Times reports. The cost is currently covered by the Ministry for Social Protection, which has been told to cut its budget in December by […]

Spread of A/H1N1 flu in Switzerland could hinge on a medical certificate


Geneva and Bern, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (OFSP)  recommends that people who come down with symptoms of the flu avoid contact with others to stop the spread of the disease. A humourous new advertising campaign (link below) says it quite clearly. This means staying away from work until the […]