Parental leave

Parental leave

You can take parental leave if you care for a child who is younger than eight. You are also entitled to parental leave for an adopted child, foster child or stepchild living at your address.

Parental leave (and post-natal care leave (kraamverlof)) following the birth

As partner of the mother, you are entitled to three days parental leave following the birth of your child. This form of leave is also referred to as partner or paternity leave. At Leiden University this partner or paternity leave is paid in full. This form of leave is not adjusted to take into account any (partially paid) parental leave that may be taken at a later date. 

Partner or paternity leave must be taken up within four weeks after the post-natal care leave (kraamverlof). Post-natal care leave (kraamverlof) is taken four weeks after the birth of your child or after discharge of your child from hospital. Like post-natal care leave, you can apply for partner or paternity leave via Self Service as extraordinary short-term leave”.

Paid parental leave

You are entitled to parental leave on partial pay for the duration of 13 x your weekly working hours. For example, if you work 40 hours per week you are then entitled to a total of 40 x 13 = 520 hours paid parental leave. In order to qualify for paid parental leave, you must have worked at Leiden University for at least one year and may not yet have taken parental leave for your child while working for a former employer for another employer. The entitlement to paid parental leave is provided for in the CAO of Dutch Universities.

During the period of leave you receive 62.5% of your salary.

Taking paid parental leave

In principle, the paid parental leave regulations assume that you continue working half your regular working hours during the period of parental leave. If this does not meet your needs, you can choose to take more or fewer leave hours per week. You then take leave for a shorter or longer period. 

It is also possible to spread the leave over a maximum of three periods of a minimum of one month.

You should consult your manager about how you will take the leave.

Unpaid parental leave

Alongside paid parental leave, you also have the right to unpaid parental leave. This is also for the duration of 13 x your weekly working hours. You might want to take this after your paid parental leave has ended.

If you have no right to paid parental leave in accordance with the CAO of Dutch Universities, you can choose to take unpaid parental leave. For unpaid parental leave you do not need to have worked for Leiden University for at least one year. You can also take left-over parental leave for your child that you did not use up while working for a former employer in the form of unpaid parental leave. To do so, you need a statement from your former employer indicating how much leave you still had.

(Financial) Consequences

  • Pension accrual & paid parental leave: During paid parental leave you continue to make full pension contributions. The employer and employee contributions remain the same.
  • Pension accrual & unpaid parental leave: Please note that during unpaid parental leave you pay both the employer’s and the employee’s pension contributions. If necessary, your HR department can calculate the extra costs for you.
  • End of contract: If your contract ends at your request or due to your conduct during or within six months of the conclusion of your parental leave, you are required to pay back the paid parental leave.
  • Illness: In the case of illness or incapacity, the parental leave will not be postponed.
  • Leave days: You do not accumulate leave over the hours of the parental leave.
  • Commuting allowance: Your commuting allowance is based on your number of actual working days.

Requesting parental leave

You should submit a request for parental leave to your manager at least two months before the date you want the leave to start. You should hand in the completed and signed parental leave request form to your HR department. You will then receive a letter confirming the agreements that have been made.


Parental leave on continued payment of wages (Chapter 4, Section 3b of the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities)



Last Modified: 29-03-2017