Ministry of Labour, Social, Family Affairs and Integration

Kids & Family Parental Leave

Parental leave is a period of unpaid leave from work after the birth of a child.

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As an employee, you have a legal right to parental leave until your child’s third birthday when you take care of your child yourself. The maximal duration of parental leave is 36 months. You can also transfer 24 months parental leave to the time between the third and eighth birthday of the child.

Your job remains open to you, and your contract cannot be terminated by your employer. Parental leave can be taken by the mother and father individually or jointly.

You have to submit an application for parental leave with your employer seven weeks prior to the start of the parental leave at the latest.

If necessary, you can work for up to 30 hours a week to ensure a certain amount of family income during parental leave.