Switzerland: Development of social plans - a step too far?

We have seen a great deal of concern expressed by trade unions across the EU about the failure to tackle the immediate and future ramifications of re-structuring arrangements and redundancy programmes. This has stimulated a great deal of discussion about social plans and their value in alleviating the exercises of social-economic dislocation following the reduction of workforce numbers. Switzerland has recently taken a significant step forward in rolling out such requirements.

The beginning of 2014 marked a change going forwards in relation to Switzerland’s development of social plans. Up until this point, there had been no statutory requirement for companies to implement social plans in the event of collective dismissals.

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