Parental Leave: How does paternity leave work in Spain?

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Mika Komatsuzaki
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Here’s how paternity leave works in Spain:

  • Employees are entitled to 16 weeks of paid parental (paternity) leave. During this leave, employees are not paid a salary but instead, are given a paternity benefit directly by the Social Security office.
    • In the case of a multiple birth, both the mother and the father are granted one additional week of parental leave (each) for each additional child.
  • Regarding paternity or maternity leave, Social Security pays the employee a maximum daily subsidy of €137.98 (maximum of €4,139.40 for a 30-day month or €4,277.38 EUR for a 31-day month).
    • This benefit is exempt from income tax. 
    • It is possible for the Customer to decide to supplement the employee's salary so they 100% of their salary. If this is implemented for one employee, then it has to be applied equally to the rest of the employees.
  • The first 6 weeks must be taken uninterrupted after the birth. The remaining 10 weeks must be taken before the baby is 12 months old. The parental leave must always be taken in full weeks.
    • During parental leave, the employees are entitled to the same statutory benefits, and they continue to accrue for PTO.
  • In order to process paternity leave:
    • The employee must put in a leave request on Remote which must be approved by the Customer.
    • Email us at if the 16 weeks will be taken all at once, or just the first 6 mandatory weeks. We will need to inform the Social Security office accordingly.
    • Upload a copy of the birth certificate to your Remote platform and let us know at
    • After which, we will inform the Social Security office and provide you with a paternity certificate to enable you paternity benefits.
  • Eligibility: To be eligible for the maternity/paternity benefits, the employee needs to have paid social contributions for a total of 180 days.
  • Fathers also have the right to take breastfeeding leave. Either one hour per day until the child is nine months old or accumulate this time and take off 15 consecutive natural days after the paternity leave.

See Also: Parental Leave: How does maternity leave and maternity pay work in Spain?

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