​A new childbirth-related leave model took effect on 2 August 2022. The new model does not change the number of weeks of maternity, paternity or parental benefits that parents are entitled to, but it does include significant changes in the way that weeks of leave are distributed, with the aim that both parents must take part of the leave.

The starting point is that each parent is entitled to 24 weeks, of which 13 weeks can be transferred from one parent to the other. As the model is more complex than the previous rules, the below graphic demonstrates the leave entitlement for each parent, including which parts of the leave must be taken by the respective parent (ie, which parts are "earmarked").

Figure 1: breakdown of leave entitlements

This new leave model raises a multitude of questions for employers, and many will have to revise their policy on childbirth-related leave.

Companies and organisations may need to seek legal advice on the new model in connection with drafting and/or revising policies on childbirth-related leave, as well as on any questions that may arise, in order to ensure compliance with the new rules.

For further information on this topic please contact Sara Baldus at Norrbom Vinding by telephone (+43 35 25 3940) or email ([email protected]). The Norrbom Vinding website can be accessed at norrbomvinding.com.