- The parental leave begins after the maternity leave.
- Parents can agree between themselves how to use the parental leave entitlement.
- Parental leave is 158 days.
- The mother and father can take turns in using parental leave, a maximum of two periods of a minimum of 12 weekdays each.
- with the exception of families with twins or multiple babies, both parents cannot have the leave at the same time.
- the mother and father may, however, take partial parental leave at the same time.
- The father can work only on Sundays while on parental leave.
- The mother can work while on parental leave but then she is paid the minimum allowance for working days.
- Sunday work has no effect on the allowance.
Child care leave and home care allowance
- After parental leave a parent can stay at home on child care leave and receive a home care allowance.
- A family with an under-three-year-old child not in municipal day care is entitled to home care allowance.
- Home care allowance includes:
- care allowance which is not affected by the family’s income
- care supplement, which is affected by the family’s total income
- municipal supplement, depending on the home municipality.
- Right to child care leave is based on Employment Contracts Act.
- Child care leave can be taken in one or two periods of a minimum of one month each – if agreed with the employer, more periods are possible.
Home services are granted in accordance with Social Welfare Act for temporary support to a family which is unable to function normally due to their family situation, exhaustion, childbirth, disability or some other reason. A family may be granted the service if the criteria is met; the service is not free of charge. Prices are listed on the client fee page. On the same pages you find a calculator for calculating the approximate cost for regular home service.