Parents who had to stop or reduce paid employment as their children’s childcare has been suspended are eligible for compensation, provided they were at the time:
- Insured in the Swiss social security system (either living or working in Switzerland); and
- Pursued an employed or self-employed activity
The suspension of childcare needs to be directly related to measures taken to fight the coronavirus. This is the case where schools, childcare facilities or kindergartens are closed or where a person in a high-risk category (e.g. persons above 65 years of age or with certain preexisting illnesses) can no longer provide care.
No compensation is provided where the work can be done remotely (e.g. home office) or during the school holidays unless the planned care is not taking place.
Compensation can be claimed from 19 March 2020 onwards until either a childcare solution has been found or the measures against the coronavirus have ceased. Compensation is 80% of average gross income, maximum of CHF 196 per day. Each parent is eligible for compensation individually, however, per one day of care only one compensation is paid out.
Where the person is eligible for compensation through other means (i.e. insurances), no compensation is paid. Employees who receive a short-time work compensation ("Kurzarbeitszeitentschädigung") are also not eligible for this compensation.