Parent’s rights

Parent’s rights

Mothers and fathers of children under the age of 15 are defined as employees with family responsibilities. Under current law, employers must allow up to three days of care leave for parents whose child is sick at home. The legal situation of parents in the workplace is governed by the Swiss Employment Law and the Code of Obligations. The traditional family with the father as breadwinner and the mother at home is no longer common. In many families, both father and mother have a job − a chance to really share the responsibilities within the family equally.


Addresses and links

  • Information by the SECO on parents' rigths (i.e. regarding missing work because a child is sick)*:

  • The Familienwegweiser Pro Familia also informs about caring for a sick child at home:


* = Services explicitly offered also in other languages than German.