Switzerland - First canton with statutory minimum wage - August 31, 2017

The canton of Neuchâtel can go ahead with plans to introduce a minimum wage after the country’s highest court rejected an appeal by opponents of the idea. The people of Neuchâtel voted in favour of bringing in a minimum wage back in 2011, and the cantonal government later decided on an hourly rate of 20 francs. The introduction was suspended after several professional organisations and private individuals challenged the plan in court. The Swiss Federal Court in Lausanne rejected the appeal, saying that the proposed minimum wage of 20 francs ‘conforms to the constitutional principle of economic freedom and to federal law’.

English: https://www.thelocal.ch/20170807/neuchtel-to-become-first-swiss-canton ...  

The Court’s communication (in French): http://www.bger.ch/fr/press-news ...   

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