Maternity leave and partner leave, well begun is half done

To have a good start and to have time to build a relationship with your child, you as new parents are entitled to maternity leave and partner leave.

Maternity leave

Maternity leaveEvery pregnant woman, whether you are employed or self-employed, is entitled to paid maternity leave. You may decide for yourself if you would like to notify your employer about your pregnancy.

You should do this no later than 3 months before your due date, because that is stipulated by law. Your leave lasts a total of 16 weeks. You may decide for yourself whether your leave starts 4 or 6 weeks before your due date.

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Childbirth leave for partners

Finally, it’s time! Since July 2020, partners are able to take supplementary birth leave next to the birth leave of 1 week. We think it is very important to get a relaxed and equal start together as new parents.

Childbirth leave 1 time 1 week off

As a partner, you are granted birth leave once the number of working hours per week. The employer continues to pay your salary in full during this leave. You can take the days off at your own discretion, but within 4 weeks after the birth of your child.

Supplementary childbirth leave of 5 weeks

As of 1 July 2020, you as a partner can take supplementary birth leave for a maximum of 5 weeks. During the leave you will not receive a salary, but a benefit from the government (UWV), based on 70% of your income. You will have to take the supplementary birth leave within 6 months after the birth of your child.

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