Federal Family Minister Franziska Giffey (SPD) is planning another reform of the parental allowance this year. It is about aligning the parental allowance even more on partnership between mothers and fathers, announced the Minister. She pointed out, among other things, that still significantly more mothers stay longer at home for childcare than fathers.
According to the minister, the reform should also support parents of prematurely born children. Their share of births is increasing, Giffey said. If a child comes one or two months early, then the development after the parental leave is not the same as with a birth at the calculated date. One is in intensive dialogue within the coalition.
Parents receive maternal and father's benefits if they do not want to work after the birth of the child or only want to work a little. The state supports this with at least 300 euros and a maximum of 1,800 euros per month - depending on the net earnings of the parent who stayed at home before the birth of the child. The parental allowance is paid for a maximum of 14 months if both participate in the care. Each parent must stay at home for at least two months. Usually, the mother stays home longer because the father earns more - the losses are then lower.
The payment period can also be extended. With this Elterngeld Plus the monthly payments are lower.