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October 17th 2019

Conditional to parental leave is that you are the biological, foster or adoptive parent of a child that has not yet reached the age of eight and that you apply for it at least two months in advance in writing to the Central Personnel Department or the personnel officer of your institute. NWO-I will work out a work schedule in consultation with you.

Remuneration during the parental leave
You are entitled to parental leave with partial retention of remuneration for a child that has not yet reached the age of four years, for a period of thirteen times the actual workweek, provided you have been employed for a period of at least one year immediately preceding the parental leave. Parental leave amounts to 55 percent of the remuneration.

Pension premiums during parental leave
During parental leave, the due pension premiums continue to be based on your working hours prior to the parental leave:

  • For paid parental leave, NWO-I and your contribution continue to be based on the number of working hours immediately prior to the parental leave. 
  • For unpaid parental leave the full pension premiums (including the NWO-I contributions) are borne by you. This also applies to the life-course leave deployed for this purpose.

News as from 1 January 2019
Expansion of parental leave for the partner and expansion of adoption and foster care leave
On 1 January 2019, a new law came into force that increases parental leave from two days to the number of hours worked by the employee during a week, when the partner gives birth. This leave is fully paid and in consultation with the employee can be taken within four weeks after the birth. The adoption and foster care leave has also been extended, one week of unpaid leave.

Read more about parental leave in the Collective Labour Agreement for Research Centres (Cao-OI) chapter 5, Vacation and leave, articles 5.12 up to and including 5.15.

The text from the CAO-OI (English) is available via the WVOI-website.