Who can provide information about support for mothers and families?
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If you have queries concerning family allowances (child and education allowances), the family compensation fund (FAK) in your canton of residence can provide you with information. However, if you are unsure about maternity and paternity allowances, your cantonal compensation office is the right place to contact. 

Employees

As an employee, you can receive family allowance. Your employer receives this money from the compensation office and then pays it to you. It cannot be deducted from your gross income.

The maternity allowance amounts to 80% of the salary (taxable income) and a maximum of CHF 196 per day for a maximum of 98 days. If you have several jobs, all wages are added together and the maternity allowance is calculated on this basis.

Fathers have a right to two weeks of paternity leave as of 1 January 2021, i.e. a maximum of 14 days’ pay at a maximum of CHF 196 per day.

Self-employed

Since 2013, you have the right to receive the minimum family allowance payments set at national level when in self-employment across Switzerland. However, you also have to contribute to financing them by paying contributions to the family compensation fund on your AHV-liable income.

The maternity allowance amounts to 80% of the income subject to AHV contributions and a maximum of CHF 196 per day for a maximum of 98 days.

Fathers have a right to two weeks of paternity leave as of 1 January 2021, i.e. a maximum of 14 days’ pay at a maximum of CHF 196 per day.

Freelancers

In the case of hybrid employment, family allowances are paid via the employer if the salary is more than CHF 7,350 per year and the employment relationship has been entered into for more than six months or is indefinite.

In the case of hybrid employment, the compensation fund pays out 80% of the income earned as a self-employed person (subject to AHV contributions) plus earnings from employment.