Law passed in major step towards gender pay equality
Parliament has passed a law which it’s hoped will be a major step against gender pay inequality.
Companies with more than 100 workers will have to make regular checks men and women are being paid the same rates for similar work.
The House of Representatives passed the law which was first introduced three years ago. The Senate passed it in May.
While MPs broadly agreed with the move – there was a debate as to how big a company needs to be before being compelled.
The Federal Council wanted companies with at least 50 workers. But the Swiss People’s Party claimed that would be too onerous for small companies.
Firms with more than 100 staff only makes up 1% of the total workforce.