From August 2022, parents are entitled to financial compensation during the first nine weeks of parental leave, Minister Wouter Koolmees of Social Affairs and Employment wrote in a letter to parliament on Wednesday. The leave allowance includes half of the employee's daily wages up to a maximum of 219.28 euros.
In total, parents can take six months' leave until the child's eighth birthday, of which seventeen weeks remain unpaid.
The government wants to use the financial regulation to encourage parental leave. It is expected that 200,000 working parents will soon be able to spend more time at home, says Koolmees. The minister writes that the corona crisis is pressing the facts on the Netherlands. "Now we see how difficult it is to work and to care for at the same time."
The scheme was announced in mid-2019, when the European Parliament agreed to a minimum of two months of paid parental leave. European politicians called financial aid "necessary" to better distribute family care responsibilities. Countries were allowed to determine the amount of the financial contribution themselves.
Break with traditional roles
Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven of Education, Culture and Science writes that she wants to break with the traditional division of roles, whereby fathers work full-time and mothers usually take care of the children. According to Van Engelshoven, paying part of the parental leave can free up more space to open that discussion.
In addition to parental leave, parents also have birth leave. Immediately after the birth of their child, they are given five working days off. As of 1 July, parents can take another five weeks of paid leave after the birth of their child. This must be done in the first six months after birth.
In addition, parental leave is in addition to the existing maternity leave, which mothers can use for sixteen to twenty weeks. Their partners are now entitled to a total of fifteen weeks of paid leave.