Lucic, Anela, Equal pay for equal work - Obligation to analyse wage equality comes into force on 1 July 2020, in: Lexology (13.09.2019)
The mandate to achieve equal pay has been enshrined in the Swiss Federal Constitution since 1981. The Gender Equality Act (GEA), which aims to eliminate gender discrimination, has been in force since 1996. Nevertheless, in reality there is still an inexplicable gender pay gap. The legislature has therefore decided to amend the GEA in order to promote equal pay. In future, employers will be obliged to carry out an internal equal pay analysis every four years. The aim is to uncover systematic wage discrimination based on gender. The obligation to analyse wages comes into force on 1 July 2020 and is valid for a period of 12 years (sunset clause), i.e. until 30 June 2032. The first equal pay analysis is due by the end of June 2021 at the latest.