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The first application for Kera’s new parental allowance was published yesterday

Future family vacation reform It will bring about changes in the duration and timing of parental leave and childcare allowances. The changes introduced in the reform will apply to parents who expect their children after September 4, 2022. Applications for new parent allowances will be available from May 1, 2022. Parents can use the online calculator to plan family vacations.

The family leave system introduces three new parent benefits, individually known as Special Pregnancy Allowance, Pregnancy Allowance, and Parental Allowance. This allowance is available to parents who are expecting their children after September 4, 2022, and parents who will be adopted after July 31, 2022. Pregnancy applications and parental allowances for parents who have given birth can be submitted at the start. On May 1, 2022, applications for special pregnancy and parental allowances for other parents will be accepted from August 1, 2022. You can submit your application in the following ways: OmaKela e-service (Finnish and Swedish)..

The possibility of sharing parental allowance eligibility equally among parents provides greater flexibility.

Parents are eligible for a total parent allowance of 320 business days. If the child has two parents, the day is evenly divided among the parents. That is, both are given 160 business days. Pregnant parents are entitled to an additional 40 days of pregnancy allowance before payment of their parent’s allowance begins. Parents can agree to waive their 63-day qualifications to other parents or others who care for their children.

Parental allowance after reform. Parents are eligible for a total parent allowance of 320 business days. Pregnant parents are entitled to an additional 40 days of pregnancy allowance. The day is evenly divided among the parents. That is, both parents are entitled to 160 business days. Parents can waive 63 days of qualification to other parents or others who care for their children.

The introduction of parental leave and partial parental leave provides greater flexibility, for example, by improving the integration of work and family leave and allowing parents to work part-time. Partial parental allowance days count as half a day for the parent’s parental allowance eligibility.

As before, parents can take vacations at the same time for up to 18 business days. Parental allowances can be used at any time before the child is two years old or two years after the child was adopted.

according to Kitty Raitinen, Kera’s Family Benefits Officer, can apply for benefits available under the new rules from May. Parents can use a new online application form to guide the application process. New visual content and calculators will be introduced to simplify the customer service process. According to Laitinen, Kela will also provide information on the benefits in new maternity packages and easy-to-understand pamphlets for families with children.

Plan and discuss family leaves at home or at work

Online calculator for pregnancy and parental allowances (Finnish and Swedish) Family leaf planning will be easier. The calculator can be used to find out when pregnancy and parental allowances are available. That information is useful when employees discuss childcare leave arrangements with their employers.

Family vacation reforms will also affect the workplace and obstetrics and pediatric clinics. Kela has created communication materials for employers and partner organizations.

Mira VinioKera, a communications specialist at Kera, said the Maternal and Child Health Clinic and workplace play a major role in family vacation reform as they serve as a conduit for information about family vacations to families. Family leaves continue to be shared unequally among parents. Milla Vainio states that family vacation reform is not just about Kera, but needs to be changed at all levels of society to ensure more equal sharing of family vacations in the future. ..

Share your joy – a multi-channel public relations campaign

A public relations campaign on family vacation reform will begin in early May. The campaign, conducted on several channels, aims to raise awareness of parents who have or want to have children about family vacation reforms and the increased flexibility it provides to families. ..

Current and new legislation on family vacations will exist side by side until the end of 2024. The current law applies to parents who expect their children before September 4, 2022.

Source: Kera

https://www.helsinkitimes.fi/finland/finland-news/domestic/21469-first-applications-for-kela-s-new-parental-allowances-went-live-yesterday.html The first application for Kera’s new parental allowance was published yesterday

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