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Paternity Leave

Viimati uuendatud: 08.12.2020


The father is entitled to a total of 30 calendar days of paternity leave in the period from 30 days before the expected date of birth of the child as determined by a doctor or midwife to when the child reaches the age of three.

In order to go on paternity leave, the father must first either agree on it with the employer or submit an application for paternity leave to the employer and notify the employer of the leave at least 14 calendar days in advance. The father then submits an application in the self-service environment of the Social Insurance Board. The employment contract in the employment register is suspended for the time of the paternity leave.

The use of paternity leave does not depend on whether or not the child’s mother takes pregnancy and maternity leave. When taking paternity leave, it does not matter whether the child’s mother is unemployed, a civil servant, an employee, or in some other legal relationship. It is also irrelevant for the use of paternity leave whether or not the child’s father is married to the child’s mother. If the child’s father has died or fails to fulfil his obligation to raise and care for the child, or if he submits a written notice to the Social Insurance Board of the waiver of additional parental benefit, the mother’s spouse, the child’s other adoptive parent, guardian, or foster parent is entitled to paternity leave.

The father may take the leave consecutively or in parts depending on the needs of the family, but not more than 30 calendar days. If the father wishes to take the leave in parts, it must be borne in mind that the employer has the right to refuse to grant paternity leave for a period of less than seven calendar days. If the father has several employers, paternity leave must be taken from several employers at the same time. During paternity leave, the father may not work or earn income.

From 1 July 2020, the father is paid additional parental benefit during paternity leave. The additional parental benefit is calculated and paid by the Social Insurance Board. You can read more about the calculation of additional parental benefit on the website of the Social Insurance Board

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