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If there is an obvious disparity between an employee’s salary and their work performance, especially when compared to other employees within the same company, the compensation office can reclassify a dividend as salary under social-insurance law.
02. August 2021

Dividend or salary? Recently, compensation offices have leaned more towards assuming that earned income is salary

How does the compensation office qualify such a decision? Can it arbitrarily change its assessment framework? The reasons for reclassification …

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Under international law, it is illegal for any country to perform sovereign acts on foreign territory, which means that Swiss court documents cannot be served abroad.
01. July 2021

Working from home abroad? Be mindful of court documents!

Even if the recipient has previously arranged a redirection order with the postal service, Swiss court documents will not be delivered abroad. The reason for this is the agreement under international law that sovereign acts may not be performed on foreign territory.

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Startups can buy themselves time and reduce costs by acquiring a public shell company – advantages that speak for themselves. But what risks are involved?
01. June 2021

Popular with company founders – trading in shell companies

Acquiring a public shell company allows a newly purchased company to commence its business activities immediately. But do the benefits outweigh the risks?

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However, proving one’s eligibility for a deduction in the imputed rental value of a residential property is far from easy.
03. May 2021

Tax deduction due to under-utilisation of an owner-occupied home

Anyone hoping to request a reduction in their property’s imputed rental value must meet a number of requirements.

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This son now benefits from the newly introduced paid leave for workers who also care for sick or injured family members or partners.
01. April 2021

The first stage of the federal law on employees who provide care for relatives came into force on 1 January 2021

The new federal law on improving the compatibility of gainful employment and family care will be enacted in two stages.

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The compensation for loss of earnings due to paternity leave amounts to 80 % of the employee’s average income subject to AHV contributions from gainful employment before the child’s birth, up to a limit of CHF 196 per day.
10. March 2021

New paternity-leave rules came into force on 1 January 2021

Working fathers have the right to take two weeks of paternity leave as of 1 January 2021.

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For issues concerning social insurance, members of an association board or an organising committee are jointly and severally liable without limitation with regard to their personal assets.
01. December 2020

Clubs and associations with social security risks

Clubs and associations that pay wages have the same social security obligations as companies. This includes paying old-age survivors insurance (OASI/AHV) contributions and taking out accident insurance for employees.

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The Federal Administrative Court has ruled that a taxi firm based in Zurich must insure all its employees with the SVA because the drivers are classified as gainfully employed.
02. November 2020

Taxi firms must join the SUVA

The Federal Administrative Court deemed it irrelevant that most transport services take place mainly as an intermediary transaction between customers and taxi drivers with their own vehicles.

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On 16 July 2020, the European Court of Justice annulled the EU-US Privacy Shield.
02. October 2020

EU-US Privacy Shield annulled by the European Court of Justice

As a result, the EU can classify Switzerland’s level of data protection as insufficient, which would have an enormous impact on the export of personal data.

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Managers (home office) must update the respective deadlines for the social security obligations for employees who are resident abroad and working from home.
04. August 2020

Continuing to work from home

It is important to consider social security, tax and legal issues if your employees will continue to work from home – especially if they are resident abroad. The current flexibility with regard to social insurance obligations will not last indefinitely.

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