Pregnancy / Birth

The film below explains in Dutch what the rules are if you live in the Netherlands, work in Germany and have a child.

Pregnancy and maternity leave

Pregnancy and maternity leave is at least 14 weeks: You can start it 4 to 6 weeks before the birth. In almost all cases, the woman is entitled to a sickness allowance from the health insurance company (maximum € 13 per calendar day) with a supplement from the employer to the full net wage.

You accrue leave days normally during pregnancy and maternity leave.

Parental leave

Parental leave is a period of unpaid leave from work after the birth of a child, comparable to Dutch parental leave. Parental leave is provided for both the father and the mother of the child and you can also both take this parental leave at the same time. The father and/or mother of the child are entitled to parental leave to care for the child for a maximum of the first 3 years. With the employer’s consent, it is possible to take 12 months of parental leave between the child’s third and eighth birthday. Parental leave is also possible for cross-border workers. You have the same rights as German workers.

Parental leave must be applied for at least 7 weeks before the start of the parental leave.

Maternity leave is deducted from parental leave.

There is no obligation to continue to pay wages during parental leave, but the employment relationship continues. The employee taking parental leave may not be dismissed. The protection begins with the notification of parental leave, at the earliest 8 weeks before the start of parental leave. At the end of parental leave, one is entitled to return to the old position or to an equivalent position.

During parental leave, it is possible to go back to work for up to 30 hours. This also applies to people who work in a mini-job, through a temporary employment agency or as self-employed. If you decide to start working in the Netherlands during your parental leave, you must take into account that you will then be fully covered by social insurance in the Netherlands. You will then have to register with the health insurance and any parental allowance and child supplement you receive in Germany will be forfeited.

You do not build up any leave days during your parental leave in Germany. If you continue to work part-time, you will build up leave days for the hours worked. During your parental leave, you remain insured against medical expenses by your health insurance and through CZ in the contract policy in the Netherlands.

If you are made redundant immediately after you start working again for your employer, you may be refused unemployment benefit in the Netherlands.

You can claim German parental benefit during this period. Take into account that this benefit is taxed in the Netherlands and that contributions to national insurance may still have to be paid.