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Dr. Peter Reinert

Dr. Peter Reinert is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Zurich office, and serves as head of the Firm's Employment Law Practice Group in Zurich. For more than 25 years, Peter has been advising numerous companies in complex labor issues and has successfully represented clients in court. He also advises healthcare companies on Swiss regulatory matters. Peter regularly publishes work in relation to all aspects of Swiss employment law, and is a regular speaker at internal and external seminars.

The revised Data Protection Act (nDPA) and the revised Data Protection Ordinance (nDPO) will enter into force on 1 September 2023. The revised Swiss data protection law is “a GDPR-like” legislation and provides for certain (new) obligations not contained in the current data protection law.
In an employment relationship, an employer inevitably processes employees’ personal data for various purposes. This client alert aims to inform employers about their data privacy obligations under the new data protection law and provides an opportunity to test data protection compliance.

On 29 March 2023, the Swiss Federal Council, the executive body of Switzerland, announced its decision to implement an extension of the transitional periods for the certification of medical devices under the Swiss Medical Device Ordinance (“MedDO”) and the Ordinance on In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices (“IvDO”), in line with the amendment of transitional provisions in the European Union under Regulation (EU) 2023/607.
The implementation of these amended transitional provisions requires the formal amendment of the MedDO and the IvDO. These amendments are expected to be adopted in autumn 2023.

On 1 December 2022, Switzerland’s new Human Genetic Testing Act will enter into force.
The new HGTA provides a comprehensive legal framework for all types of genetic testing (including direct-to-consumer genetic testing and lifestyle genetic testing) and implements stronger measures to protect privacy rights, prevent abuse of genetic data and ensure the quality of genetic tests and the interpretation of the results.
As part of the comprehensive revision of the HGTA, the Human Genetic Testing Ordinance and the Ordinance on the creation of DNA profiles for civil and administrative purposes have been amended accordingly.

On 30 May 2022, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court rendered two landmark decisions relating to the legal qualification of platform work. Platform work is a relatively new term for organizing paid work through digital platforms. Users access workers through online digital platforms for a wide range of paid services. The legal definition of platform work raises numerous legal questions, some of which were addressed by the court in two decisions rendered on 30 May 2022.