Parental leave

Parental leave

It is not always easy to combine work and taking care of children. As a parent or caretaker, you therefore have the right to birth leave, parental, adoption or foster leave. Continue reading for a summary of the main terms and conditions.

Birth leave

If your wife or partner has given birth, you are entitled, as her partner, to birth leave. Nationwide agreements have been put in place for this. For more information, visit the website of the central government (Rijksoverheid).

Parental leave

You are eligible for parental leave until your child reaches the age of eight. You can make an arrangement about this with your employer. In case of substantial business consequences, your employer can change the arrangement up to four weeks before the leave starts. You are legally entitled to unpaid parental leave. On top, the cao-NU stipulates continued payment of part of this unpaid leave. A number of conditions apply, including: you have worked at the university for at least one year and you have not yet taken parental leave for this child whilst working for another employer. You will find all conditions regarding (paid) parental leave in Article 4.13 to Article 4.20 of the cao-NU. For more information about unpaid parental leave, visit the website of the central government (Rijksoverheid).

Adoption and foster care leave

If you adopt a child or if you are caring for a foster child for a long period of time, you are entitled to six weeks’ leave. National arrangements have been made for this situation. For more information, visit the website of the central government (Rijksoverheid).



Other options

If you wish to take more leave or leave for a longer period, you can discuss the options with your employer.

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