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Maternity benefit

Women are entitled to 14 weeks' maternity leave in accordance with the Swiss Code of Obligations as well as a maternity benefit pursuant to the Erwerbsersatzgesetz (Income Compensation Act).

They receive 80 per cent of their average earned income before the birth for a period of 14 weeks, but no more than CHF 220.00 a day.

If the new-born has to be hospitalized for at least 14 days directly after birth, the duration of the maternity allowance paiement can be extended by the duration of the hospitalization not exceeding 56 days (up to a total of maximally 154 days). This right is reserved to women who pursue their gainful activity after the maternity leave.

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