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Maternity leave

All employed mothers (employed, self-employed and unemployed women, and women who work in their husband’s or a relative’s business and are paid wages) are entitled to paid maternity leave.

Maternity leave:

14 weeks

80% of their wages

Maternity leave lasts  98 days (or 14 weeks), from the day it starts. Both full-time and part-time employees are entitled to maternity leave. Women who return to work earlier lose their entitlement to compensation.

Mothers are paid 80% of their wages in the form of a daily allowance, but no more than CHF 196 per day. Cantonal provisions, staff rules and collective labour agreements may provide additional solutions.

Women may not work during the first eight weeks after the birth.

Requirements

To receive the daily allowance, employees must be insured under AHV for the nine months prior to the birth and must have worked for at least five months during pregnancy. In addition, at the time of birth, expectant mothers must still be employed, self-employed or working in their husband’s company for a cash wage.
Employees will not receive a daily allowance if these conditions are not satisfied, and may not work during this time.

Beginning of maternity leave

Maternity leave begins when the child is born.

Termination of the working relationship

Employees may not be dismissed during maternity leave.

Brochure on maternity protection at the workplace