Switzerland's executive body is advising voters to reject a ballot initiative that would grant new fathers at least 20 days of paid paternity leave.
The seven-member Federal Council argues says Switzerland should instead improve options for childcare and let business and labor leaders iron out the issue.
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The council argues that the cost of extended paternity leave would "imperil economic competitiveness." A government statement Wednesday estimated the 20-day proposal would cost about 420 million Swiss francs ($427 million) per year.
The initiative's proponents say the one day of paid paternity leave the country now requires is badly out-of-step with other western European countries.
Petitioners collected enough signatures to put the initiative before voters. Balloting on a date that will be set by Parliament is not expected for several months.