Switzerland – Allianz extends paternity leave from 2 to 8 weeks

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The Swiss insurer announced Monday to extend the leave granted to young fathers. The measure comes into force retroactively on January 1, 2021.

On the birth of a child, fathers employed by the insurer Allianz Suisse are now entitled to 8 weeks paternity leave.

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When a child is born, fathers employed at Allianz Suisse are now entitled to eight weeks paternity leave. Until now, they could take two weeks off when a baby arrived. The measure comes into force retroactively to January 1, 2021, the Swiss insurer announced on Monday.

The new eight-week paternity leave can be taken on a weekly or daily basis. In addition, Allianz Suisse offers the possibility of reducing its employment rate by 20% for up to 12 months following the birth and in addition to taking up to eight weeks of unpaid leave.

Also for same-sex couples and in case of adoption

“As Allianz Switzerland supports parenting in all its forms, this new provision also applies to same-sex couples and in the event of adoption,” the insurer said in a statement.

“We are thus improving our attractiveness as an employer”, writes Allianz Suisse, which specifies that this new regulation reinforces the equality of rights between men and women.

(comm/egr)

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