Paid partner leave: one working week
Co-parents of new-born children can take one working week of paid partner leave. This applies to both fulltime and parttime employees. For example, if the employee works six hours a day and five days a week, the employee is entitled to thirty hours of partner leave, i.e. one working week. The accrual of holidays during partner leave continues.
Partner leave can be taken in consultation with the employer, divided over a period of four weeks after the birth. The employer may not refuse an employee’s request to take partner leave.
Unpaid additional partner leave: five weeks
For children born on or after 1 July 2020, co-parents of new-born children are entitled to five additional weeks of unpaid additional partner leave. The unpaid partner leave must be taken within six months of the date of birth and can be taken consecutively or, if the employer agrees, non-consecutively. The employee must request the leave at least four weeks before the requested start date of the leave. The employer may change the requested leave days up to two weeks before the agreed start date, but only in case the employer has serious business interests to do so. The employer must consult with the employee about such a change.
During the additional partner leave, the employee is entitled to benefits from the UWV. The benefits amount to 70% of the employee’s salary, with a maximum of 70% of the maximum daily wage1. These benefits must be requested by the employer. The accrual of holidays during unpaid partner leave continues.
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- The maximum daily wage is annually determined by the government. For the up-to-date statutory maximum daily wage, please refer to: https://www.uwv.nl/particulieren/bedragen/detail/maximumdagloon.