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Plan and register parental leave
Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Schleswig-Holstein (Linie6PLus)
As a parent, you are entitled to unpaid time off to care for and raise your child. This parental leave covers up to 3 years.
As a rule, parents take their parental leave until the child's 3rd birthday. However, it is also possible to divide it up so that you take some or all of your parental leave between your child's 3rd and 8th birthday.
Registering parental leave
Both parents can take parental leave, regardless of whether the other parent takes parental leave. Each parent is entitled to 3 years of parental leave. The decisive factor is that you have registered the parental leave informally and in due time with your employer. The employer is obliged to confirm the parental leave.
Planning parental leave
You can take parental leave as long as you meet certain requirements.
Those entitled to parental leave are free to choose the start of their parental leave. As a rule, parental leave begins
- for mothers, after the maternity protection period, i.e. 8 weeks after the birth of the child.
- for the other parent, from the birth of the child at the earliest.
You can divide your parental leave into 3 periods or take it all at once. The decisive factor for the division is whether the parental leave or parts of it were taken
- before the child's 3rd birthday or
- between the child's 3rd and 8th birthdays.
of your child.
If you register for parental leave within your child's first 3rd birthday, a commitment period of two years applies. For this period, you must give your employer a binding indication of how you intend to take parental leave during these 2 years from the start of parental leave. If you only announce part of your parental leave in this binding period, you cannot subsequently register further parental leave for the binding period.
You must notify your employer of parental leave in the commitment period no later than 7 weeks before the desired start date.
If you register for parental leave between your child's 3rd and 8th birthdays, you are free to choose when and whether to take the remaining months.
If you wish to take parental leave during this period, you must notify your employer no later than 13 weeks before the desired start date.
Extending parental leave
You can extend your parental leave at any time if you have not yet exhausted the full 3 years. The employer must agree to the extension if you are still in the commitment period. Outside the commitment period, parental leave can also be declared without the employer's consent, provided that the registration period is observed.
If you wish to extend your parental leave, this does not count as a new period unless you have returned to work in the original employment relationship in between.
Ending parental leave early
You can end your parental leave early at any time with the employer's consent. Without the employer's consent, parental leave can only be terminated early in special cases:
- because of the birth of another child or
- because of a special case of hardship: serious illness, severe disability or death of a parent or child, significantly endangered economic existence of the parents.
If the child dies during parental leave, parental leave ends no later than 3 weeks after the date of death.
The prerequisite for parental leave is that you
- work as an employee full-time, part-time, on a fixed-term contract (mini-job) or from home. Your place of work can be in Germany or abroad, but your employment relationship must be in accordance with German labor law.
- live in the same household as your child.
- take care of and raise the child yourself.
- not work at all or at most 32 hours per week during parental leave.
Which documents are required?
- Written registration with your employer
- Birth certificate of the child, if applicable
- Acknowledgement of paternity, if applicable
- If applicable, consent of the custodial parent
What are the fees?
There are no costs.
What else should I know?
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The text was automatically translated based on the German content.
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