Postponement of maternity/paternity leave
Parents with employment have the possibility of postponing a part of their parental leave. The postponed leave must be taken before the child reaches the age of 9 and the parent taking the leave must be employed and fulfil the requirements for receiving maternity/paternity benefits for the period the leave is taken in.
The leave may be postponed by using the following two methods:
- Rights-based postponement
- Agreement-based postponement
The leave may be postponed by combining both methods.
1. Rights-based postponement
One parent is entitled to postpone between 8 and 13 weeks of the 32-week period of parental leave. Read about the agreement-based postponement if you both wish to postpone the leave. You have the right to postpone your leave and your employer's approval is therefore not necessary. However, we recommend that you ask for written confirmation of the agreement. Please note that only one parent is entitled to postpone the leave using the rights-based method.
Remember that the parent taking the leave must notify their employer of the postponed leave within 8 weeks after the birth and 16 weeks before the leave is taken. The leave must be taken as one consecutive period.
You retain the right to the postponed leave, even if you change jobs. This means that you have the guarantee of taking the leave at a later date, as long as your employer is given a minimum of 16 weeks' notice before the start of the leave.
2. Agreement-based postponement
Both parents may postpone up to 32 weeks of parental leave and take it at a later date, as long as this can be agreed with their employers. This agreement option applies to both parents, but there will still be only 32 weeks of parental leave with government benefits to be shared between both parents.
You are not required to take the leave all at once. You can agree to take it in weekly, daily or hourly segments, as long as your employer is prepared to go along with this. There are no notification rules in connection with agreement-based postponement.
Your new employer is not required to comply with the agreement in the event that you change jobs.