Update: birth leave and parental leave

22 Jun 2020

Marieke ten Broeke, Claire Vogel

As of 1 July 2020, partners are entitled to additional birth leave after the birth of their child. We informed you on this topic in our earlier update. On April 29th, the government announced that it intends to further expand the leave arrangements for parents as of 21 August 2022.

The government wants to introduce paid parental leave as of August 21, 2022. Parents are currently entitled to 26 weeks of parental leave per child, which they may take during the first eight years of their child's life. In principle, this leave is unpaid. Pursuant to the plans of the government, parents will receive benefits from the Social Security Institution (UWV) during the first nine weeks of parental leave. The amount of the benefit will be 50% of the daily wage, with a maximum of 50% of the statutory maximum daily wage. Paid parental leave must be taken in the child's first year of life. The remaining 17 weeks of (unpaid) parental leave can be taken up until the child's eighth birthday.

With this regulation, the government aims to promote the equal distribution of labour and care between partners. It also gives substance to the European directive on work-life balance.

After the introduction of the government’s plans, parental leave around and after birth will be as follows:


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As soon as the final version of the law on paid parental leave is published, we will notify you in a new update.