After receiving approval from Switzerland's major employer associations and unions, the federal government will decide whether to implement proposed changes to the regulations of the Labour Act 1964 in September 2015.

The new regulations foresee that senior managers with substantive working-time autonomy and an annual salary of more than Sfr120,000 will be exempt from existing time record-keeping requirements, provided that a collective bargaining agreement exists and the affected senior manager had provided written consent. In addition, particular healthcare mechanisms must be implemented.

For employees with relative working-time autonomy of up to 25%, records will be limited to the recording of daily and weekly working times, provided that affected employees do not opt out. For all other categories of employee, the existingn rather detailed working-time record requirements remain in place. The new regulations are scheduled to enter into force on January 1 2016.

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