Maternity leave: health protection and daily allowance

Maternity leave: health protection and daily allowance

After giving birth, new mothers are granted particular protection in the workplace:

  •  It is illegal to employ women during the first eight weeks after the birth of their child (even if they wish to work!).
  • New mothers are entitled to a minimum maternity leave of 14 weeks.
  • During maternity leave, a mother is entitled to 80% of her wages in the form of a daily allowance of CHF196 maximum.
  • The following women are entitled to receive the legal daily allowance: employed or self-employed women, women gainfully employed in a family enterprise, unemployed women receiving benefits, and women on sick leave receiving social or insurance benefits.

Breastfeeding is healthy for the child and strengthens the bond between mother and baby. Therefore, working mothers are granted special protection during the baby’s first year, so that they can breastfeed their child at work:

  • Measures for the protection of the breastfeeding mother must be in place.
  • Young mothers are entitled to take time out for breastfeeding. If they leave the building, half the time used for breastfeeding counts as worktime.

The Familienwegweiser Pro Familia also informs about maternity leave: www.profamilia.ch

Aargau

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Basel-Landschaft

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Basel-Stadt

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Solothurn

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  • Ausgleichskasse of the Canton of Solothurn: www.akso.ch

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