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Maternity Leave

At UZH, all employees who have an employment relationship with UZH on the date on which they give birth are entitled to 16 weeks’ paid maternity leave, which will begin no earlier than two weeks before the due date as estimated by the employee’s obstetrician.

Temporary employees are entitled to maternity leave until the end of their temporary employment.

The application for maternity leave must be submitted to the Human Resources (HR) Department in the form of an employment order ("Verfügung") from the responsible HR representative together with the Maternity Allowance Application Form. The HR Department then applies for the maternity insurance funds and credits them to the relevant cost center.

Any employee who was subject to mandatory old-age and survivors’ insurance and worked for at least five months in the nine months before the birth of her child is entitled to a maternity allowance. Periods in which the employee was insured and employed in EU or EFTA countries also count. To apply for a maternity allowance from the compensation office, the mother must complete the application form and send it along with the required documents directly or via her responsible HR representative to the Center of Competence responsible for her in the HR Department. 

Maternity Allowance Application Form* (PDF, 94 KB)

Supplementary Maternity Allowance Application Form

IC/MB benefits

Family benefits

Leave for the Other Parent (Previously Paternity Leave)

An employee who is the legal father of a child at the time of its birth or becomes the child’s legal father within six months of its birth is entitled to two weeks’ paid leave. Likewise, an employee who is the legal other parent of a child at the time of its birth is also entitled to two weeks’ paid leave. As such, the wife of the mother receives paid leave if the child is conceived using a legally regulated sperm donation program.
Paid leave may be taken in one block or on a day-by-day basis within six months of the child’s birth.

Fact Sheet on Parenthood (PDF, 249 KB)

Paternity Allowance Application Form (PDF, 74 KB)*

Supplementary Paternity Allowance Application Form (PDF, 77 KB)

Leave for Establishing a Foster Care Relationship with the Intention to Adopt (Adoption Leave)

When a foster care relationship is established with the intention to adopt, the employed parent is granted paid leave for a maximum of eight weeks. If both parents are employed by the canton, each parent may be granted up to eight weeks’ paid leave.

To determine to exact amount of leave, please contact the Human Resources Department Competence Center or the Professorships Department Professorships

Entitlement to leave arises upon commencement of the foster care relationship. The employee concerned may take the paid leave in one block or by the week within the first year of the child entering care.

UZH Family Portal

Family at UZH is a comprehensive portal for families at UZH. It provides a range of helpful information about combining work, studies and family life at UZH.

Family at UZH


* Note: In order to edit a PDF form, please save it on your device (e.g. in your Downloads folder or on your Desktop). Right click and select “Open with” Adobe Acrobat Reader (or Adobe Acrobat DC, Pro). Please make sure you have version 10.0 or later of Adobe Acrobat installed. This will enable you to edit and save the form correctly.

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If you cannot find an answer to your question here, please contact the responsible HR representative in your organizational unit or the Competence Center responsible for you in the Human Resources Department.