March 6, 2020
Switzerland: Update to the Foreign Nationals and Integration Act
From April 1st 2020 onwards, the employer will only be obligated to pay housing and meal allowances for the first 12 months of an international employee’s assignment.
What has changed?
On February 19th 2020, the Swiss Federal Counsel agreed to a number of changes to the Foreign Nationals and Integration Act (FNIA). The most significant of which was the change to the requirement for foreign nationals on assignment in Switzerland to be paid housing and meal allowances for the duration of their assignment. From April 1st 2020 onwards, this legal obligation will be limited to the first 12 months of the assignment.
It is unknown at present how this will impact ongoing assignments and further clarification from the Federal Authority is pending.
What to expect / impact?
This will lead to a huge cost saving for the employer of the foreign national on assignment, but of course may in turn lead to a loss of benefits for the employee.
For more information regarding the changes to the payment obligations for employers of foreign nationals on assignment in Switzerland, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team.
As Head of Immigration with Sterling Lexicon, Leanne leads a team of specialists who are responsible for ensuring the entire immigration process is smooth and stress-free for clients, assignees and their accompanying family members. She brings over ten years of experience in strategic immigration management, planning and consultation to her role, and has cultivated invaluable knowledge and experience in processing countless global migration applications. As a trusted partner, she consults with clients on everything from policy considerations and cost or efficiency improvements, to the impact of opening offices in new locations. Leanne is a frequent presenter and author on global immigration topics and trends.