I am pregnant: Is my husband eligible for paternity leave? 

Until 1 January 2021, no Swiss law grants paternity leave to young fathers after the birth of their child. 

In the private sector, however, the employer is required to give time off for family events. Young fathers can thus benefit from an average of 1 to 2 days of leave following the birth of their child. The terms and conditions are usually set out in the employment contract. 

Some public and private sector companies have special measures allowing a paternity leave of a certain duration. The best way to find out if it applies to your employer is to simply ask!

On 27 September 2019, the Federal Assembly of the Swiss parliament approved the new law on paternity leave. It should enter into effect on 1 January 2021 if there is no referendum and would give each father a 10-day leave following the birth of his children. 

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