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Planning and registering parental leave

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Schleswig-Holstein (Linie6PLus)

Service Description

You can plan your 3 years of parental leave flexibly, but you must meet certain requirements. You must give notice of your parental leave to your employer.

As a parent, you are entitled to unpaid time off to care for and raise your child. This parental leave lasts 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 this up so that you take some or all of the parental leave between the 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 your parental leave informally and in good 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 date of their parental leave. Parental leave usually 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 the parental leave

  • before the 3rd birthday or
  • between the 3rd birthday and the 8th birthday

of your child.

If you register for parental leave within the first 3 years of your child's life, a commitment period of two years applies. For this period, you must make a binding declaration to your employer as to how you would like to take parental leave during these two years from the start of parental leave. If you only announce part of your parental leave during this commitment period, you cannot subsequently register any further parental leave for the commitment period.

You must notify your employer of your parental leave during the commitment period no later than 7 weeks before the desired start date.

If you register parental leave between your child's 3rd birthday and 8th birthday, you are free to choose when and whether you want to take the remaining months.

You must notify your employer of parental leave during this period 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 used up the full 3 years. The employer must agree to the extension if you are still in the commitment period. Outside of the commitment period, parental leave can also be declared without the employer's consent, subject to the registration deadline.

If you wish to extend your parental leave, this does not count as a new period unless you have returned to your original employment relationship in the meantime.

Ending parental leave early

You can terminate your parental leave prematurely at any time with the consent of your employer. Parental leave can only be terminated early without the employer's consent in special cases:

  • due to the birth of another child or
  • due to particular hardship: serious illness, severe disability or death of a parent or child, serious threat to the parents' livelihood.

If the child dies during parental leave, parental leave ends no later than 3 weeks after the date of death.

Note: The maternity protection periods after the birth are part of the parental leave of three years.


Requirements

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 subject to German employment law.
  • live in the same household as your child.
  • look after and bring up 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
  • Acknowledgment of paternity, if applicable
  • Consent of the custodial parent, if applicable
What are the fees?

There are no costs.

Legal basis
What else should I know?

There are no indications or special features.

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ)

Professionally released on

12.10.2023

Teaser

You can plan your 3 years of parental leave flexibly, but you must meet certain requirements. You must give notice of your parental leave to your employer.

Requirements

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 subject to German employment law.
  • live in the same household as your child.
  • look after and bring up 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
  • Acknowledgment of paternity, if applicable
  • Consent of the custodial parent, if applicable

What are the fees?

There are no costs.

Legal basis

What else should I know?

There are no indications or special features.

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ)

Professionally released on

12.10.2023

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