Future fathers will have ten days off as of January 1

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Future fathers will have ten days off as of January 1


The Federal Council on Wednesday set the date for the entry into force of the two-week paternity leave, which was supported by 60.3% of the population during the federal votes on September 27.


The text sets a ten-day leave of work for new fathers, to be taken within six months of birth, either en bloc or in the form of isolated days.


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The text sets a ten-day leave of work for new fathers, to be taken within six months of birth, either en bloc or in the form of isolated days.


The two-week paternity leave will come into force on January 1, 2021. The Federal Council has set the date on Wednesday. The project was supported by 60.3% of the population during the votes of September 27.

The text fixes ten working days leave. These days should be taken in the six months following the birth, either en bloc or in the form of isolated days. Holidays cannot be reduced.

Like maternity leave, that for fathers is financed by allowances for loss of earnings (APG). The allowance corresponds to 80% of the salary, but a maximum of 196 francs per day. The maximum allowance for the two weeks will be 2,744 francs. APG will drop from 0.45% to 0.50%.

Conditions

To be entitled to leave, the father must be in a gainful activity at the time of birth, either as an employee or as a self-employed person. He must have been insured during the nine months preceding the birth of the child and have been in gainful employment for at least five months.

Unemployed fathers are also entitled to the allowance. This can be requested once the leave has been taken in full and the allowances will be paid in one go.

The paternity allowance does not end in the event of resumption of gainful activity as is the case with the maternity allowance. If the newborn is hospitalized for at least three weeks, the fathers cannot delay the start of payment of their allowance.

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