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MATERNITY AND PARENTAL LEAVE

There are two types of leaves in connection with the birth of a child:
• maternity leave (20 weeks),
• parental leave (32 weeks). In the case of multiple births, the length of leave will be extended to 31-37 and 34 weeks, respectively. Together, it can be from 65 to 71 weeks, depending on the number of children. The first 14 weeks of maternity leave are for the mother. The rest can be shared with the child’s father. In addition to parents, another member of the family may take leave, including in the event of the death of the mother or during her stay in the hospital.
Parents taking advantage of the leave will be able to work a maximum of parttime. In this case, the leave will be proportionally extended, up to 64 weeks. If a parent combines work with leave, e.g. for 8 weeks, then only 4 weeks of “full-time” leave is used during this period. Parental leave can be used immediately after maternity leave, on a one-off basis or in a maximum of four parts. Parents have time to use their leave until the end of the calendar year in which the child turns 6. In addition, up to 16 weeks of parental leave can be used at a convenient time, which is not immediately after the previous part of the leave taken. Parents have 3 weeks after delivery to decide whether they want to take full-time parental leave immediately after maternity leave. The remaining deadlines, for submitting an application for parental leave, or parts thereof, will also be extended to 3 weeks. Paternity leave may be used by the father for 2 weeks, no longer than until the child is 24 months old. The leave can be used once or in two parts, each of them cannot be shorter than 7 days. A father-employee can take paternity leave of two weeks, regardless of the number of children born at one birth. This means that in the case of the birth of twins, the leave will still be 14 calendar days.

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