On 13 November 2018, the Upper House of the Dutch Parliament adopted the Wet invoering extra geboorteverlof (Act on the Introduction of Extra Birth Leave – the “Act”). As from 1 January 2019, partners will therefore be able to take longer leave when a baby is born, up to a maximum of six weeks. The Act is intended to contribute to a better balance of work and care tasks between the partners in the household, thereby increasing the labour market opportunities for women.
Longer partner leave
Partners are currently entitled to two days’ paid leave on the birth of a baby. As from 1 January 2019, that number will be increased to five days paid leave. It is possible to take the leave within the first four weeks after the baby is born.
As from 1 July 2020, partners will be entitled to five weeks’ birth leave during the first six months after the baby is born. During the birth leave partners will be entitled to benefits equal to 70% of their salary, payable by the UWV (Employee Insurance Agency).
Longer adoption leave
The Act also provides for longer adoption leave. Employees who take in an adoption child or foster child will be entitled to leave and benefits (equal to 100% of the daily wage) during the period of leave. A maximum of four weeks’ leave may currently be taken within a period of 26 weeks. That period of leave will be increased to six weeks.
For more information on the Act or other types of leave, please contact Lilach Zalait.