From August 2022, parents are entitled to financial compensation during nine weeks of parental leave, writes Minister Wouter Koolmees of Social Affairs and Employment in a letter to parliament on Wednesday. The leave allowance includes half of the employee's daily wages up to the limit of the maximum daily wages.

The nine weeks of parental leave should be taken in the first year of the child's life. In total, parents can take six months' leave until the eighth birthday of the child, of which 17 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.

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 July 1 another five weeks of paid leave can be taken. This must be done in the first six months after birth.