Increase in Paid Parental Leave for Fathers in Slovenia

Father took two children to school. Photo courtesy of Hina/STA

Slovenian fathers will be entitled to up to 75 days of paid paternity leave from April next year, up from the current 30 days, under a law change passed by parliament this week.

Fathers are entitled to 15 days of parental leave before the child turns three months old. The remaining 60 days can be used until the child is 8 years old, and there is no need to use it all at once, and it can be used in multiple doses.

“Experience abroad shows that fathers who are entitled to non-transferable parental leave choose to use it more often. It means working harder and more often with childcare,” said Luca Mesek, Minister for Labor, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunity.

Slovenia has a complex system in which parental leave is divided into a transferable part that can be exchanged between parents and a non-transferable part.

However, the transferable part is rarely actually transferred to the father. Only 820 men used this portion of parental leave in 2020, compared to about 19,000 women, according to data compiled by Shimbundero.

Even though paternity leave for fathers has more than doubled, the situation for mothers has not worsened. You are entitled to up to 365 days of her paid leave, some of which is transferable if your partner so desires.

The new law also allows parents to work part-time at the same time. Total non-working hours must not exceed 20 hours per week. So, in theory, her parents can work, say, 6 hours a day.

You have the right to work part-time until your child reaches the age of eight. When they take part-time jobs, they get a proportionate share of the wages. For non-working hours, their social security contributions are paid by the state. Increase in Paid Parental Leave for Fathers in Slovenia

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