Types of special leave

You can find further information about adoption leave, special leave, emergency leave, parental leave, carer’s leave and maternity leave here.

Pre and post maternity leave

If you are pregnant you have the right to a minimum of 16 weeks pre and post maternity leave. You can choose to stop working four, five or six weeks before your due date. If you stop working four weeks before the expected date of birth, you retain 12 weeks of maternity leave for the period after the birth. If you stop working six weeks before, you then retain 10 weeks of maternity leave.
Maternity 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

Adoption leave

If you adopt a child, you have the right to a maximum of four weeks of paid adoption leave. If you adopt several children at the same time, you may only take adoption leave once.
Adoption leave

Special leave

Information about short-term and long-term special leave. You may qualify for special leave if you move house or attend a wedding or funeral of a family member.
Special leave

Emergency leave

Emergency leave is leave that you can take if you unexpectedly need to take time off from your work due to an emergency or to highly exceptional personal circumstances. This could be the death of a family member or an ill child that needs to be picked up from school.
Emergency leave

Carer’s leave

You qualify for short-term carer’s leave in case of illness of your child, partner or parents for whom nursing and/or care at home is necessary, and you are the person providing the care/nursing. This also applies to step-family, in-laws or foster relatives, and other people specified in Article 5.1 of the Work and Care Act.
If one of these people is critically ill and you take on their care, you have the right to long-term carer’s leave. If you provide the necessary care for someone who is ill or requires assistance, you may perhaps qualify for long-term carer's leave.
Carer’s leave

Last Modified: 29-06-2015