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Andrea Trost's practice focuses on banking & finance and on corporate and commercial transactions. She also advises on employment law and data protection matters. She joined our London office as an associate in 2017. Prior to joining Froriep she trained with a business law firm in Zurich and worked in the compliance department of a commercial bank. She graduated from the University of Zurich and earned an LL.M. in international finance law from King's College London in 2015. She was admitted to the Zurich bar in 2017 and qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2019. Her working languages are German and English and she has a good command of French.
The coronavirus pandemic continues to dominate our everyday lives. The Federal Council is now gradually beginning to ease measures and lift bans. Since 27 April 2020, certain industries are allowed to reopen their businesses. From 11 May 2020, shops, restaurants, markets, museums and libraries may also reopen under strict compliance with distance and hygiene measures. This raises a number of questions for employers. Some of them will be discussed briefly here.
On 16 April 2020, the Federal Council passed a special ordinance in relation to the Swiss insolvency and restructuring regime to protect companies who ran into financial difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (the COVID-19 Insolvency Ordinance). The COVID-19 Insolvency Ordinance entered into force on 20 April 2020 and will remain effective for a period of six months.
The novel coronavirus, which has been declared a “public health emergency of international concern” by the WHO, continues to spread. Besides China, coronavirus cases have been confirmed in more than 30 countries. The virus has now also arrived in Switzerland and as a result, employers need to be aware of the employment legal issues involved. In particular, employers need to know what to do if employees refuse to attend work through fear of contracting the coronavirus at the workplace or if employees already have the virus. A number of different scenarios are possible, which we will briefly highlight in this blog post.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has already started to revolutionise workplaces and is affecting both employers and employees in many ways. The purpose of this blog post is to provide an overview of some of the workplace areas which are significantly impacted by AI, from recruitment through performance assessment to remote working and robotics, and to set out the benefits as well as some potential dangers connected with each of them.
The 2007 Lugano Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters currently forms the basis for the reciprocal enforcement of judgments between the member states of the European Union and three countries of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) (Switzerland, Norway and Iceland). The Lugano Convention is in essence the equivalent of the Brussels I Regulation of 2001.