Parental leave

An employee who has the right to maternal leave according to the Health Insurance Act will be paid salary for a period of 72 weekdays from the beginning of maternity leave.

An employee who has the right to paternal leave according to the Health Insurance Act will be paid salary for a period of 6 weekdays from the beginning of paternity leave.

An employee has the right to temporary care leave to arrange care for or take care of a child who is under the age of ten or disabled or has a chronic illness who suddenly falls ill for up to four working days at a time. The employee will be paid salary for temporary care leave, up to a maximum of four working days.

An employee has the right to temporary unpaid leave from work if his/her presence is necessary as a result of an unforeseeable and pressing reason due to illness or an accident involving his/her family.

An employee may receive unpaid care leave until a child reaches the age of three.

An employee who has worked for the same employer for a total of at least six months during the past 12 months can receive partial care leave to care for his/her child or some other child living permanently in his/her household until the child's second year of elementary school ends.

See also Kela's benefits for families with children.