The Parental Leave Directive (2010/18/EU) (PDF format, 743K) (on the Europa website) repeals and replaces the Parental Leave Directive (96/34/EC). The permitted period of parental leave following the birth or adoption of a child increases from three to four months, and at least one of the four months will not be transferable between parents.
Parental leave is unpaid.
|For each child||18 weeks up to their 18th birthday|
|For each adopted child||18 weeks up to their 18th birthday|
|For each child who qualifies for Disability Living Allowance||18 weeks up to their 18th birthday|
The limit on how much parental leave can be taken a year is 4 weeks (unless the employer agrees otherwise).
Unless an employer agrees otherwise, or the child is disabled, leave should be taken in blocks of one week.