If your partner gives birth, you are entitled to one week of paternity/partner leave. As of 1 July 2020, you are also entitled to up to five weeks of additional paternity/partner leave.
- Since 1 January 2019, paternity/partner leave amounts to 1 x the number of contractual working hours per week. UM will continue to pay your wages in full.
- You do not need to take the full week at once, but you do need to use it within four weeks of the birth of the child.
- If your partner gives birth to twins, you are still entitled to one working week, i.e. the leave is not doubled.
Additional paternity/partner leave
- As of 1 July 2020, partners can take additional paternity/partner leave of up to five weeks (5 x the contractual working hours per week).
- As a partner you are entitled to this additional leave if your child is born on or after 1 July 2020.
- UM will also continue to pay your wages in full during this leave. According to the Additional Paternity/Partner Leave Act (Wet invoering extra geboorteverlof, WIEG- information only in Dutch) you will receive up to 70% of your maximum daily wage (maximumdagloon- information only in Dutch) during this leave period. As a certified family and life phase-friendly university, UM is taking measures through the UM Cares project to help members of our UM community to combine their work with childcare responsibilities. This is why UM will supplement the allowance up to 100%.
- You do not need to take all the additional leave at once, but you do need to use it within six months of the birth of the child. You are required to take the initial one-week leave first. Naturally, you are not obliged to take the full five weeks of additional leave.
- The leave is not suspended in the event of illness or occupational disability.
- In the event of a compelling interest, your manager can, in consultation with you, change the leave up to two weeks before the planned starting date, e.g. by proposing different weeks.
How do I apply for (additional) paternity/partner leave?
First discuss the desired arrangements with your manager. You then fill in the application form and send it to your HR adviser no later than four weeks after the birth.
You record the partner leave yourself under ‘extraordinary leave’ in IMAR.