Parents who are employees in the Belgian system are each entitled to take parental leave of up to four months per child, before that child turns 12.
If your child was born:
- after 8 March 2012, this leave is paid for up to four months;
- before 8 March 2012, this leave is only paid for up to three months.
In this case, you can still take four months of parental leave, but the fourth month is unpaid.
Both the mother and father have the right to take four months of leave each, though the leave is not transferrable – if one parent does not use his/her entitlement to parental leave before the age cut-off, it is simply lost.
Adoptive parents are also entitled to take parental leave.
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- in the document ‘Clés pour devenir parent tout en travaillant‘ (French) or ‘Wegwijs in werk en ouderschap‘ (Dutch)
- on the website of the National Employment Office (ONEM – French or RVA – Dutch)
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