The new Federal Law on family allowances is valid since the 1st of January 2009. Pursuant to the Federal Law on Family Allowances, the following minimum allowances shall be disbursed per child, per month:
- a child allowance of CHF 200 for children up to the age of 16;
- an education and training allowance of CHF 250 for children aged 16 to 25.
Many cantons pay higher allowances. The following are eligible for family allowances: salaried employees, the self-employed (from 1 January 2013), and low-income individuals who are not in gainful employment. Special rules apply to agricultural workers.