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Can I protect my income by filling out the rest of my 80% work with parental benefit?

Applying for 20 %parental leave (Original title)


I am planning to work 80% and take 20% parental leave. In the application for Parental leave, there is no option of 20%. It just has 25%.

Can you help how can I solve this issue?


  • Hi,

    You can not apply for the parental leave as 20% every day since this is not an option. But, you might apply either for a whole low level day on Saturday or Sunday.

    If you take off a whole day from your work during the weekly days (Monday to Friday) you might apply for a high level day.

    You can find more information about how you can protect your sickness qualifying income here.

    Best regards,
  • Sorry. I dont understand what you mean by whole level day on weekends?

    Do you mean to apply for a parental leave at minimum level on weekends?

    If I apply for minimum level on weekends, how will I get the parental benefit for 20% leave that I take during weekdays.

    Can you give some examples?

  • Hi;

    If you are working 80% of your regular working time, the important thing is that you take out the equivalent of 20% of your regular working time as parental benefit each week.

    If you normally work five days per week, you could for example work 80% of your normal working time on those days, and then on Saturday or Sunday take out a whole day of parental benefit. This would protect your qualifying income since a whole day of parental benefit (even if it is on a weekend) is equal to 20% of your regular working time.

    However, if you decide to do this you can only take out parental benefit on the weekend at the low level, not at the high level.

    If you have more questions about your specific case you can call us on 0771-524 524 (choice 8 for English).

    Best regards;
  • Hi,

    Thanks for your reply.
     I plan to work 80% from Monday to Friday.
    Can I apply for a parental leave for whole day on Friday even though I work 80% on friday in reality.

    If I take parental leave on Friday, I have the option to get parental benefit on high level.

    Please let me know if I am allowed to do this.


  • Hi;

    No, if you work on Friday you cannot apply for a whole day of parental leave for that day.

    To protect your income if you work 80% of your regular working hours, you have to take out a whole day of parental benefit each week. If you work from Monday to Friday, you cannot take out a whole day of parental benefit at the high level between those days. Instead, you could take out a Saturday or a Sunday at the low level.

    That would cover the remaining 20% of your working time per week, and would allow you to protect your income.

    Call us on 0771-524 524 if you want further clarifications about your specific case.

    Best regards;

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