a n u a r y 2 0 2 1 J s s u e C W 3 I ON THE SCHENGEN REGULATIONS SYSTEM (SIS) INFORMATION FREE SERVICE OF: A GLOBAL MOBILITY SOLUTIONS CONVINUS 70, 8001 ZÜRICH, SCHWEIZ TALSTRASSE / INFO@CONVINUS.COM WWW.CONVINUS.COM N e w s f r o m t h e w o r l d o f g l o b a l m o b i l i t y In order to stop the spread of the new virus forms of COVID-19, the following measures will apply in Switzerland from Monday, January 18, 2021: Restaurants, bars, clubs, discos, dance halls, cultural establishments, sports facilities, recreational facilities will remain closed (since December 22, 2020). Compulsory wearing of masks will continue in all publicly accessible indoor areas, in all railway stations, airports, and at bus and tram stops. The mask obligation is now extended to the workplace if there is more than 1 person in the room. No more than 5 people may spontaneously gather in public spaces. No more than 5 people are allowed to meet at private events. Only meeting between 2 households are recommended. Public events are prohibited. However, a maximum of 5 people may organise themselves in the field of sport or culture. Exceptions apply for training with youth and children under 16 years old. All employers are obliged to offer home office if possible or feasible with reasonable effort. Particularly vulnerable persons are entitled to home office or leave of absence if home office is not possible. Shops selling non-daily consumer goods will be closed. The previous restriction of SWITZERLAND: COVID-19 MEASURES NEW opening hours until 7 p.m. will be abolished. IN SWITZERLAND The Vietnamese Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) has issued a new decree, which affects the issuance, renewal and cancellation of work permits. This decree came into force on February 15, 2021 and includes the following changes to the Law: Foreign experts and specialists with a bachelor's degree must have at least three years of professional experience to be able to apply for a work permit. Foreign experts and specialists without a bachelor's degree must have at least five years of professional experience in the field of activity of the position to be able to apply for a work permit. For short-term work assignments, foreign nationals do not need a work permit if the assignment is for less than 30 days per trip and does not take place more than three times a year. However, the employer is obliged to notify MOLISA of the employee at least three days before the start of the assignment. Work permits can now only be renewed for up to two years and for a limited period of no more than four years. In addition, employers must notify MOLISA VIETNAM: OF THE WORK PERMIT AMENDMENT LAW AS FROM FEBRUARY 15, 2021 within 15 days of the end of a work assignment. On December 18, 2020, the Swiss Parliament in Bern approved the adoption of various EU regulations related to the Schengen Information System (SIS). The SIS is a comprehensive information and search system for the entire Schengen area. It is used for stolen objects as well as for individuals wanted by the police in the context of extraditions, entry bans and cases of missing persons. In Switzerland, the cantonal migration offices, the embassies and consulates abroad, the State Secretariat for Migration, the Federal Office of Justice, the Border Guard Corps and the cantonal police forces have access to the system. Alongside the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) and SWITZERLAND: OF VARIOUS EU ADOPTION project «Electronic Exchange of Social Security Information» (EESSI) in the EU, EFTA and Switzerland, the Schengen Information System is another example of the increasing interconnectedness of authorities, which is having an increasing impact on the field of international assignments. REPUBLIC: CZECH ADJUSTMENTS TO THE CALCULATION OF CZECH INCOME TAXES SIGNIFICANT Over 10 years, the concept of the so-called "super gross salary" was used in the Czech Republic to determine the tax base for earned income. This meant that the employer's contributions to social and health insurance were considered as a taxable part of the salary, thus increasing the taxable income by 33.8%. The "super gross salary" concept, the associated single tax rate and the solidarity surcharge were abolished as of January 1, 2021. Now only 2 progressive tax rates of 15% and 23% are applicable to regular earned income. These changes do not only simplify the calculation of taxable income, but also reduce the tax burden for most employees in order to strengthen the economy.