The EU Directive on work-life balance for parents and child carers, the so-called work-life balance directive, was adopted in June 2019. Member States, including Poland, are required to adjust the Labour Code to the new rules by 2 August 2022.
One of the most important changes will involve increasing the entitlement of fathers to take parental leave, but the modification of the provisions is aimed primarily at ensuring equality between women and men in terms of opportunities on the labour market and treatment in the workplace, as well as promoting the partnership model of a family.
The provisions of the EU directive will implement a number of new solutions to the Polish Labour Code in the area of paternity, parental and childcare leave, designed to help women equalise their opportunities in the labour market and ensure an easier return to work duties after giving birth.
The new rules will cover employees with an employment contract or other employment relationship as defined by law.
Parental leave rules in 2022:
At present, the provisions of the Labour Code provide for the following dimensions of maternity and parental leave:
Maternity leave in 2021:
Parental leave in 2021:
Paternity leave in 2021 – 14 days of leave for a father (10 working days), an employee-father raising a child, including an adopted child, is entitled; unused leave is lost (an employee is entitled to 100% pay for the time of paternity leave).
Moreover, employees taking parental leave can combine it with their work duties – reducing their full-time position to a maximum of half and combining work with parenthood duties.
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