Paid parental leave in the event of birth before 2 August 2022

By: van Orsouw 08-02-2022

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Paid parental leave in the event of birth before 2 August 2022
On 2 August 2022, the Paid Parental Leave Act will enter into force. From then on, employees can take parental leave with a benefit from uwv. This can also be an option for employees whose child was born before 2 August 2022. 

An employee is entitled to parental leave of 26 times the working hours per week per child. From 2 August 2022, a benefit from the UWV can be received for a maximum of nine of the 26 weeks of parental leave. This benefit must amount to 70% of the daily wage, with a maximum of 70% of the maximum daily wage. By introducing this benefit, the employee can take long-term paid leave around and after a birth. A condition for the benefit is that the employee takes the paid leave in the first year after the birth of the child (and in the case of adoption or foster care in the year after the child's admission to the family, if the child is under eight years of age). The law does not contain any specific transitional law for this paid leave: everyone who meets the conditions on 2 August is entitled to the benefit.

Examples for parental leave allowance
The HR department can already inform employees about the benefit and the rules for applying for the leave (Tool) With a few examples, the new law can be clarified:

Date of birth: 1 September 2022
If the employee's child comes into the world on 1 September 2022, the employee can take a maximum of nine full weeks of parental leave with a benefit from the UWV until 1 September 2023. For example, if the employee has taken three weeks until 1 September 2023, the right to a benefit for the remaining six weeks will lapse. Of course, the employee can still take those weeks unpaid, just like the other 17 weeks of leave.

Date of birth: 1 January 2022
If the birth took place on 1 January 2022, the employee can also make use of the nine weeks of paid parental leave (toolbox) from 2 August 2022, provided that he has not yet fully used up his 26-week leave entitlement. He has that possibility of paid leave until 1 January 2023. For the part of the nine weeks of leave that has not yet been taken on 1 January 2023, the UWV will no longer pay a benefit.

Date of birth: August 1, 2021
If the child was born a year before the new law, the employee is not entitled to paid parental leave. After all, the employee must take the nine weeks of leave for a benefit in the first year of life of the child, while the right to paid leave only arises on 2 August 2022. However, it is possible that a paid parental leave is included in the collective labour agreement, as a result of which the employee is already (partly) paid.

Source: Rendement online