All you need to know about the new extension of paternity leave

Paternity leave is the period allowed by law for parents to enjoy and reconcile family and work life in the event of the birth, adoption or placement of a child.

In 2017, paternity leave was extended to 4 uninterrupted weeks, which can be extended to two more days per child from the second, on a full-time or part-time basis. On the other hand, women can enjoy 16 weeks of maternity leave.

As a novelty, the Government intends to extend paternity leave to one more week for next year. That is, babies born after January 1, 2018, can enjoy more time with their parents.

What is paternity leave?

The paternity benefit protects by means of an economic subsidy that the workers have included in the General Scheme or in the Special Social Security Schemes, who take advantage of the suspension of the work contract, or cessation of the paternity activity , in case of birth, adoption or fostering, with prior notice, justification and acceptance notified by the company.

How many days are paternity leave?

If your child is born during 2017 you will have 4 weeks of paternity leave to enjoy them consecutively or alternately, plus two days belonging to the birth, expandable two days per child from the second. After the pact between the Popular Party and Citizens has been extended from four to five weeks from January 1, 2018.

All you need to know about the new extension of paternity leave

Parents can enjoy these days with their new family, as long as they are within nine months after delivery. Once this period ends, you will lose the days that remain and are not cumulative to a new paternity.

Requirements to enjoy paternity leave

In order for dads to enjoy paternity rest days, they must be allies and registered in Social Security, have paid 180 days within the last 7 years or 360 days throughout their working life, and be up to date with the payments that are the responsibility of the workers.

How much can we charge?

As long as we enjoy paternity leave, we have the right to collect 100% of the regulatory base. Speaking in silver, to know how much belongs to us we will have to divide the salary before the withholdings between 30 days. The payroll they take into account is just the one before the birth or adoption of the baby.

When can I start the permit?

Working parents can enjoy paternity leave or from the end of the permission for the birth, adoption or fostering; or from the end of the maternity leave, within nine months after the birth.

How to process paternity leave?

To process paternity leave can be done in two different ways:

  • Through the Internet, if you have a digital certificate or electronic ID you can process the application by registering in “Your Social Security”.
  • Or, in a traditional way presenting the request by making an appointment in the INSS Office.

What documentation should I submit?

The documentation you must provide to enjoy the permit in all cases is:

  • ID or supporting document.
  • Original and copy of the certificate of the company where the date of the beginning of the days for paternity is indicated in the case in which the company has not sent it through the RED System.
  • Bank account number.
  • Application form (pdf)

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In case of birth: you must provide the large family book, although this document will be extinguished during 2017, or Certification of the child in the Civil Registry.  If it is about adoption or fostering: the judicial resolution will be necessary.  If you are a large family, you must also add the large family title or your proof.  In the case that you want to enjoy the free days partially, you must present the agreement where the agreement between the company and the worker is expressly stated.

Hopefully, little by little, it will be equal to the maternity leave and the labor conciliation become a reality.

If you need more information, you can check the Social Security website

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