After the birth of a baby in the Netherlands, the partner of the mother (old customs would dictate the term father) will receive a week’s paid leave from next year. But that’s not the complete story on paternity leave in the Netherlands.
Wait, that’s not 6 weeks DutchReview!
Minister Koolmees presented the new law on Wet Invoering Extra Geboorteverlof aka Law Extra Birth Leave (WIEG – haha), which will make this possible today at, how appropriately, the nine-months fair. Now partners get two days of leave after birth, paid by the employer. From next year on that will be a week.
5 more weeks of paternity leave in the Netherlands
Partners can also receive an additional five weeks’ leave in the first six months after the baby’s birth. In that period they receive 70 percent of their wages. The week of birth leave can be taken in the first four weeks after the ‘bevalling’ . It does not have to be immediate, but can also be done, for example, if the maternity carer (in Dutch ‘kraamverzorger) has just left.
Minister Koolmees says: “When you have a child, everything changes from one day to the next, you are immediately in the rush hour of life, and then of course it is good to have extra time with each other to be able to getting used to life with a baby, which creates a better start for mother, partner and child. The tasks in and around the house and the work are thus distributed better and fairer from the outset, and later on the fruits are reaped,” says Koolmees.
The adoption and foster care leave for parents is also extended, from four to six weeks. With his new law, Koolmees goes less far than the Social Economic Council (SER) advised earlier as to give both parents six weeks of paid leave.
How’s this all done in your country? And do you think 1 or 6 weeks-ish of paternity leave in the Netherlands are enough? Feel welcome to discuss!