You are entitled to parental leave if you have to look after a child under the age of eight. You are also entitled to this leave if you have an adopted child, a foster child or stepchild residing in your home. To be eligible for this you will have to be employed in the EUR for at least one year. Another condition is that you did not take parental leave for your child during your previous employment.
Duration of the parental leave
The duration of the parental leave is maximum 26 x your weekly working hours. For example, if you work 32 hours per week, you are entitled to 32 x 26 = 832 hours of parental leave.
The parental leave is divided into two parts, each part consists of 13 x the weekly working hours. The first part is paid, the second part is unpaid.
Spreading or splitting parental leave
The regulation on parental leave is in principle based on the assumption that during the leave period you work for 50% of the time. If this does not suit your particular situation, you may deviate from this by opting for additional or fewer leave hours per week. This however must be taken during corresponding shorter or longer periods of time. You may also opt to split your leave entitlement into several periods. The maximum number of periods is six and each period must be for at least one month. Please note: to spread or split your parental leave, you will need the permission of your manager.
Salary during parental leave
You receive 62.5% of your salary for maximum 13 x the weekly working hours. If you decide to take the remaining part of your legal entitlement to a leave, then the second half is unpaid.
You can partly compensate the decline in your income by requesting a parental leave bonus (Dutch only) from the Tax Office.
Parental leave when terminating employment
If you resign or you are dismissed from your job during parental leave or within six months after the leave, you will have to repay the remunerations that you received within the framework of this leave.
Parental leave and other regulations
- Pension: Your pension accrual continues normally during parental leave. The division of contributions remains the same during the period of the parental leave. During the unpaid leave period you will have to pay both the employer and the employee contribution to your pension scheme.
- Illness: Parental leave is not suspended in case of illness or occupational disability. You receive the same salary as during your parental leave.
Vacation days: You do not accrue any vacation days during the parental leave.
- Commuting allowance: your commuting allowance is based on the actual working days.
Applying for parental leave
Your request for parental leave must be submitted to your manager at least two months before the intended starting date of your leave. Parental leave as such cannot be refused. However, up to four weeks prior to the start of your leave and in consultation with you, your manager could change the distribution of the weekly hours or the requested splitting of the periods. In this case, your manager will have to show compelling reasons that are in the interest of the university.
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