Ordinary parental leave

Topic Index
Length of leave
Default scheme
Rights during and after parental leave



  • Qualifying employees have the right to 18 weeks of unpaid ordinary parental leave to care for a child.
  • The leave can be taken at any time before the child's 18th birthday.
  • Only employees, and not other workers, qualify for ordinary parental leave.
  • Employees can take ordinary parental leave regardless of whether or not they take shared parental leave.
  • There is a default/fall back scheme which applies if employers have not concluded an individual, workforce or collective agreement on ordinary parental leave.
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