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The Council of States Demands a New Whistleblower Template

The Swiss Council of States has voted in favour of a motion by Ruedi Noser of the Zurich FDP to create a legal framework to protect whistleblowers in the private sector. The motion was passed with 35 votes in favour, 2 against and 2 abstentions. The Council of States also voted narrowly to increase the maximum fines for companies in the criminal code. The motion must now be passed by the National Council before it can become law. The motion seeks to create a legal framework to protect whistleblowers in the private sector. This would include measures such as providing legal protection for whistleblowers, ensuring that they are not subject to any form of retaliation, and providing them with access to legal advice and support. It would also increase the maximum fines for companies in the criminal code, making it easier to punish those who engage in illegal activities. The motion is an important step in protecting whistleblowers in Switzerland, as it would provide them with the legal protection they need to speak out against wrongdoing without fear of retribution. It would also ensure that companies are held accountable for their actions, and that those who engage in illegal activities are punished accordingly.

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