10 December 2020, text: Priska Schnell, photo: istock, Helvetia
Swiss voters endorsed paternity leave on 27 September 2020. The change in the law will come into force on 1 January 2021. Compensation for paternity leave will be financed via loss of earnings compensation (LEC).
An entitlement to two weeks’ paternity leave exists for a father who ...
No benefit is payable if the child is adopted.
The leave can be taken either in one block or by the day within six months of the child’s birth. As with maternity leave, the compensation amounts to 80% of the father’s average gross income prior to the birth, but no more than CHF 196/day. For this benefit the contribution to the loss of earnings compensation will be raised by 0.05 percentage points. The employer and employee each pay half.
The consultation procedure on the reform of supplementary benefits began in 2015. The aim was to optimize the supplementary benefits system and eliminate false incentives. A further goal was to basically retain the level of benefits and to afford better protection for the savings capital of compulsory occupational benefits. The change in the law will come into force on 1 January 2021.
Swiss residents drawing an OASI pension or IV benefits can apply for supplementary benefits. Expenditure has more than doubled since 2000. Over the same period, the number of persons drawing supplementary benefits rose by over 60% to some 330,000.