Nearly three-quarters of salaried parents take extra birth leave. Since July 1, 2020, the partner of someone who has had a child is entitled to another five weeks off in addition to the first week of (paid) leave. In those five weeks (to be taken within half a year after birth), 70 percent of the salary will continue to be paid. A research firm looked at how often this option is used and Minister Van Gennip of Social Affairs sent the results to the House of Representatives.
74 percent of the partners who are entitled to it have indeed taken additional leave. The vast majority of them used the entire five-week period. 16 percent kept it “regular leave” for the first week and 10 percent took no leave at all.
“No leave due to finances”
A common reason for taking advantage of the scheme is that the partner wants to spend more time with the child. The people who do not take additional leave often cite as the reason that the mother went to work less or had stopped working.
Of the people who do not use the scheme, many also say that they would have liked to do so, but did not want to do so for financial reasons.
The researchers also report that the corona measures almost certainly had an effect on the use of the scheme. For example, working from home changed the distribution of care tasks and the loss of income due to corona may also play a role.
Rules not changed now
Van Gennip stresses that the evaluation is not yet conclusive about all intended effects; she does not intend to change the rules at this time. However, there will be further investigation.
It has been known for some time that the rules for parental leave for employees will be amended in August. From then on, both parents can take 9 weeks of paid leave in their childs first year of life. They then receive 70 percent of their wages. There is already a right to parental leave, but this is not yet paid for all employees.