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Paternity insurance (AGP-Apat)


If you are in paid employment, you need not worry about your social security contributions as it is your employer’s responsibility to pay them into our Compensation Fund.  For administrative purposes, AVS/AI/APG contributions are taken together at an overall rate of 10.60%.  Within this overall rate, AVS is 8.7%, AI is 1.4% and APG is 0.50%. Your employer will deduct from your gross salary a part of the contributions due (5.30%), and will pay in himself an identical share (5.30%).  The obligation terminates when you reach retirement age and cease all paid employment.  If you carry on working, contributions will be levied after deduction of an exemption of CHF 1,400 per month or CHF 16,800 per year.  


You will receive paternity benefits at the time of your child’s birth, provided that you can prove that you were insured for at least nine months prior to the birth and that you have been gainfully employed (or have received a subsidy for loss of earnings) for at least five months during that period. Your entitlement to paternity benefits begins on the day of your child’s birth and expires upon receipt of 14 daily allowances, at the latest six months after the birth. Paternity benefit requests must be signed by both you and your employer. Paternity allowance amounts to 80% of your average income and up to CHF 196.00 per day.

Paternity leave can be taken on a daily basis (after 5 days, 2 additional days are compensated) or weekly basis (5 working days + 2 additional paid days), or a combination of the two. At the most, paternity leave will amount to 10 working days and, twice, additional 2-day compensation.

Paternity benefits are paid retroactively, once you have taken your last day of paternity leave.


Paternity benefit requests must be made through your employer, who, in principle, is responsible for ensuring that your salary is paid during paternity leave. You can claim the right to unpaid paternity benefits for up to five years once the six-month period after the birth expires. After this period, the right expires.