Canton can't force workers to live nearby


A case of a Geneva school principal who runs three schools in Chêne-Bougeries, but lives in Colmar in France has triggered a debate where cantonal workers should live.

The school head commutes in, but sometimes works from home. 

Many politicians are demanding that anyone working for the canton should live in the canton. 

But federal law gives people the right to live where they want. 

The cantonal personnel office has confirmed to the Tribune de Genève it’s powerless to force workers to live in Geneva. 

Already more than 3,000 cantonal workers – out of a total of 19,000 – live in France.

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