More work-life balance for parents in regard to Parental Leave & Paternity Leave.
The European Parliament is introducing addition time-off.
April 22, 2019 – The European Parliament has adopted the Directive introducing expanding time off in regard to Parental Leave and Paternity Leave. It is a new Directive on work-life balance for parents and carers. A number of new or higher standards are set with the right to request flexible working arrangements.
As of 1 July 2020, fathers as well as mothers in same-sex couples will receive 5 weeks’ Paternity Leave in the first 6 months after the baby’s birth. For the period of 5 weeks, the partner will receive 70 percent of their wages.
This 5 weeks’ Paternity leave will be in addition to the current ruling per 1 January 2019. Currently the partner, of a woman who gives birth, is entitled to paid Paternity Leave for the amount of hours working per week (5 days on full time basis).
The European Parliament has adopted also in the same directive introducing 2 months of paid Parental Leave for both parents.
In the Netherlands, Parental Leave is currently unpaid leave and the duration of this leave type is 26 times the weekly working hours.The rules made by the European Parliament must be incorporated into Dutch legislation within 3 years.
It is up to the country to determine the compensation for Parental Leave, but it is required to be aligned at an “adequate level”. Families must be able to maintain the “decent living standard”. Who will be responsible for the costs of this compensation is up to the decision by the country.
We keep you informed via this channel on the roll out for both types of leaves of absence. For more information on all the rules and regulations on Leaves of Absence types, please click below.