Parental Leave: How does parental 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 parental leave in the Netherlands. You can find answers to common questions about parental leave duration, when you can start your leave and how parental pay works.

In this article we cover:

Duration of parental leave

Parents of children up to the age of 8 are entitled to 26 working weeks of parental leave for each child. 

  • First 9 weeks of parental leave are paid and can be taken no later than the first year after the baby is born. In the event of the birth of multiple births employees are entitled to a maximum of 9 weeks of paid parental leave for each child.
  • The remaining 17 weeks can be used flexibly up to the child's 8th birthday.
  • Parental leave must be used for full working weeks.

When can I start my parental leave?

Fathers or partners can start parental leave the day the child is born, while mothers can begin the parental leave after the maternity leave period.

How parental pay works in the Netherlands

Remote submits parental allowance applications on behalf of their employees to the Employee Insurance Agency (UWV). Parents will receive payment during the first 9 weeks of parental leave. The amount of the paid parental leave will be up to 70% of statutory maximum wage. You can find the current maximum statutory wage here. The remaining 17 weeks will be unpaid unless stated differently in the company policy.

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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