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June 06, 2023

Did you just have a child? Then you are probably not busy with work for a while, and you don't want to be at all. Fortunately, since last summer all new parents are entitled to 9 weeks of paid leave. This way you have all the time to focus on your family, without worrying about your income. We explain exactly how paid parental leave works.

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When are you entitled to parental leave?

Both parents are entitled to a maximum of 26 weeks of parental leave during the first eight years of your child's life. This also applies to adopted and foster children. You are entitled to parental leave for each child, but you can take leave for several children at the same time. And do you have twins? Then you are entitled to two parental leave: a maximum of 52 weeks.

During 9 of those 26 weeks of parental leave you can receive a parental leave benefit from the UWV. The amount is 70 percent of your daily wage, with a maximum of 70 percent of the maximum daily wage – on the website of the UWV state how they calculate this.

When are you eligible for paid parental leave?

You must take the 9 weeks of paid leave in your child's first year of life. After that you are no longer entitled to it. The same applies if you have already had 26 weeks of parental leave.

How do you request the leave?

You must request parental leave from your employer in writing at least two months in advance. He cannot refuse this request. Your employer then arranges with the UWV that you receive the benefit. You also decide for yourself how you take the leave: do you take several weeks off in a row or do you work half days? You can determine this yourself by indicating it in your request. However, the employer may ask you to schedule the leave differently if it has compelling interests in doing so.

Want to know more?

Do you have questions about parental leave or this article? Or would you like to discuss the best way to take parental leave or to present it to your boss? Feel free to contact us. Our Service Center is available every working day from 8.30 am to 17.00 pm via en 0345 851 963.

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