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When are you entitled to special leave?

Weddings, births, relocations or funerals: special moments in your life that you want to devote enough time and attention to. Fortunately, thanks to the special leave, this can often be done without sacrificing hours or wages. Yet little has been laid down in law about it. Your collective labor agreement, employment contract or company regulations usually state when you are entitled to the leave and how this is arranged exactly. In this blog you can read about common family circumstances and special events for which you can take special leave.

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Degrees of consanguinity

Many of the situations in which you can take special leave have to do with your family. How close to the relative in question is, in some cases determines what your leave looks like. There are a total of four degrees of kinship:

First grade

Second degree

Third degree

Fourth degree

Are you married or a registered partner? Then your partner's blood relatives are your relatives.

Passing away

If someone in your family dies, you get days off for that. If it concerns a first- or second-degree family member, in many cases you can take emergency leave. This can then turn into special leave. For example, to be able to attend the funeral. You often get:

Wedding

For the marriage of a first- or second-degree relative, you are usually entitled to one day off. Check your employment contract, collective labor agreement or company regulations, it often states exactly how long your leave may last.

wedding anniversary

On your own wedding anniversary (25 or 40 years) you are usually entitled to one day off. The same applies to the anniversary of your parents, in-laws or foster parents (25, 40, 50 or 60 years). Check your employment contract, collective labor agreement or company regulations, it often states exactly how long your leave may last.

Doctor's visit

Legally speaking, you are not entitled to a doctor or dentist visit during working hours. In most collective labor agreements it is agreed that you should plan these outside working hours as much as possible. Only if this really doesn't work, you may be able to use short absenteeism leave. In any case, discuss this with your employer and check your collective labor agreement, employment contract or company regulations to find out what you are entitled to.

Pregnancy Exam

You do not need to take holiday hours for a pregnancy check-up. It has been agreed in the Working Hours Act that these are allowed during working hours and that you will be given leave for this. As a result, you will continue to be paid during the investigation and the travel time.

Other events

In some cases you can also take special leave for a:

Check your collective labor agreement or company regulations

Not all forms of leave are laid down by law. When you are entitled to special leave, this is in most cases included in your collective labor agreement, employment contract or company regulations. This also states how long the special leave may last and whether the leave is paid or unpaid.

F.A.Q.

Would you like to know more about special leave? Or do you think you are entitled to days off, but your employer does not agree? Contact our legal specialists. Our Service Center is available every working day from 8.00 to 18.00 via sc@unie.nl or 0345 851 963.