Paternity Leave: How does paternity leave and pay work in the Netherlands?

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Wioleta MIodowska
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This article describes everything you need to know about paternity leave in the Netherlands. You can find answers to common questions about paternity leave duration, when you can start your leave and how paternity pay works.

In this article we cover:

Duration of paternity leave

In the Netherlands fathers or partners (also same sex partners) are entitled to 1 week of paid paternity leave. Additionally, employees are entitled to 5 weeks of unpaid leave. In order to be able to use the 5 weeks of unpaid leave, employees must take the 1 paid week of paternity leave first.

When can I start my paternity leave?

Paternity leave can be taken anytime in the first 4 weeks after the birth of the child. In case of unpaid leave, it can be taken anytime in the first 6 weeks after the birth of the child.

How paternity pay works in the Netherlands

One week of paternity leave is fully paid by the employer. In case of unpaid paternity leave employees can claim benefits from the Employment Insurance Agency (UWV) for up to 70% of the statutory daily wage. You can find the current maximum statutory wage here.

Remote submits paternity allowance applications on behalf of their employees to the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV). The application can only be submitted after the baby is born. Paternity allowance can be requested only once, even if the leave is taken flexibly. 


Disclaimer: Please be advised that the information provided is for general guidance only and should not be considered legal advice. Clients are strongly encouraged to contact the Lifecycle - Time & Attendance team for expert guidance and assistance in navigating the intricate landscape of time off requirements in the Netherlands. Consulting with our team is imperative to ensure compliance with local employment standards legislation and clearly understand the stipulated time off and attendance related requirements. Your proactive engagement with the Time & Attendance team is vital to making informed decisions and adhering to all relevant regulations.


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