In December 2020, the Federal Social Insurance Office (FSIO) announced higher child, education, birth and adoption allowances as well as the new contribution rate for the cantonal family compensation fund (FAK).
The FSIO published the new rates in its announcement no. 39 «Announcement about the implementation of family allowances – types and amounts of family allowances 2021», dated 10 December 2020. This is welcome news for parents who receive family allowances in the cantons of Obwalden, Schwyz and Uri, where both child and education allowances will be raised. Uri is also increasing the birth and adoption allowance, whereas only the education allowance is being increased in Nidwalden and Thurgau. The allowances in Obwalden are each being raised by 20 francs, while in Schwyz they are each to rise by 10 francs. In Uri, the increase in child and education allowances is 40 francs, while that for birth and adoption allowances is 200 francs. The cantons of Nidwalden and Thurgau are raising the education allowance only, by 20 francs and 30 francs respectively.
Adjusted FAK contributions
The cantons of Schwyz and Uri are increasing the cantonal FAK contributions for employers and employees. Basel-Landschaft, Freiburg, Thurgau and Ticino, on the other hand, are lowering them slightly. Thurgau and Ticino are also reducing the contributions for unemployed people, additionally, the employer’s contribution rate for family allowance is being lowered in Ticino. Due to the transfer of tasks relating to supplementary benefits for families in the canton of Solothurn, taxable legal entities (listed companies and limited companies, etc.) must now pay a contribution of 0.15%. In Valais, only employers and self-employed people previously had to contribute to the Vocational and Professional Education and Training fund. This is being adjusted, which means that employees will now also have to pay a small contribution.