Absences There are clear rules governing absences at UZH. Find out what you need to consider for the following absences. Vacation Vacations are intended for recreation and relaxation and should be taken. Here you can find information about claiming and taking holidays. Military Service / Civil Protection Anyone serving in the Swiss Army, in civil protection, Red Cross service or alternative civilian service is entitled to compensation for loss of earnings. Paid / Unpaid Leave UZH grants paid leave for certain events. An application must be made for unpaid leave. Illness / Accident Find out what to do in case of absence due to an accident or illness. Parenthood Information on maternity and paternity leave and work-life balance at UZH.