3. Legislative proposal re. introduction additional birth leave
Extension of paternity leave
On the basis of the legislative proposal, the paternity leave will be extended to once the working hours per week. An employee working on full-time basis is therefore entitled to five days of paternity leave instead of (currently) two days. These leave days - paid in full by the employer - can be taken up immediately, but also elsewhere within the first four weeks after childbirth.
Introduction additional 5 weeks of birth leave for partners
Furthermore, the legislative proposal provides for an additional five-week birth leave for partners based on the working hours per week, which will replace the current (unpaid) parental leave of three days. The additional birth leave can be taken up within six months after childbirth. During the leave, the employee is paid 70% of the salary (up to 70% of the maximum daily wage, in 2018: € 209.26). The additional birth leave is not paid by the employer but by the state (the Employee Insurance Agency, in Dutch: "Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemers-verzekeringen, UWV").
Expansion of adoption or foster care
Finally, the legislative proposal stipulates that couples who adopt a child or take part in foster care can take up a six week-leave. At the moment, this is four weeks. During this leave, they receive a benefit from the UWV.