Dutch Government Increases Paid Paternity, Adoption Leave

Dutch Government Increases Paid Paternity, Adoption Leave

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Dutch Government Increases Paid Paternity, Adoption Leave
Dutch Government Increases Paid Paternity, Adoption Leave
Calendar01 March 2019

In the Netherlands, partners of mothers who give birth are entitled to five days of paid leave from 1 Jan 2019, increasing to six weeks from 1 Jul 2020, under a new law (Dutch). Paid leave on the adoption or fostering of a child increases to six weeks from four. The law aims to improve the sharing of parental responsibilities and boost women's employment opportunities.

  • From 1 Jan 2019, partners are entitled to five days of paternity leave, which must be taken during the first four weeks after the baby's birth. The old law entitled partners to two days of paid leave.

  • From 1 Jul 2020, partners will be entitled to a further five weeks of paid paternity leave taken during the first six months after the child's birth. To be eligible for this leave, partners must have taken the initial five days’ paternity leave. The government will pay up to 70% of the person's salary, capped at €4,660.59 gross per month. Employers can refuse to grant paternity leave only for compelling business reasons but must agree to alternative arrangements with the employee.

  • From 1 Jan 2019, paid leave on the adoption or fostering of a child increased to six weeks, up from four. The government pays up to 100% of the employee's salary, capped at €4,660.59 gross per month. The leave must be taken over a period of 26 weeks starting any time up to four weeks before the adoption date, but employees can request to take blocks of adoption leave during that time period. Employers can refuse to grant leave only for compelling business reasons.

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