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What is parental leave?

If you have small children then you can work fewer hours for a few months or years or take a break and only return to your old job after a few months or years. You can apply for parental leave for this purpose. Fathers can also apply for parental leave! It is important that the person looks after the child themselves or lives with a child in the same household.

When parents apply for parental leave from their employer, they have to notify the employer whether they want to not work at all during the planned parental leave or for a maximum of 30 hours per week

Parental leave can last a maximum of 3 years.

Parental leave must always be requested from the employer. Certain deadlines apply to it.

  • Parental leave before the child’s 3rd birthday must be registered at least 7 weeks before the start of parental leave. 
  • Parental leave in the period between the child’s 3rd and 8th birthdays must be registered at the latest 13 weeks before the start of parental leave.   

Is the consent of the employer required?

  • No, not if parental leave is taken before the child’s 3rd birthday.
  • Yes, if part of the parental leave is taken between the child’s 3rd and 8th birthday.