We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. They receive holiday allowance or childbirth allowance, depending on their situation in the labour market. We use cookies to improve our services. 0000117218 00000 n I am convinced that women will take the first months off, while the leave will be more equally divided between the parents after that.”, is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Iceland. +�7�s�Fb+;eԨ�>-��+/A�u�\!���P�4��B��P�� :�wP�=3pP+�=IXS���R%����-G��T���M���}�;����[r� Previous: All Crew Members Of Valdimar GK Diagnosed With COVID-19, 40 Billion ISK Funding Secured For New Luxury Hotel, Nova’s Nude Advertisement Surprises Iceland, Bedroom Burlesque: Get Stunned On Your Sofa By The Couch Cabaret, Possibility Of Vaccinations In Iceland Early Next Year, Mom Air “Not Performance Art Of Any Kind”, Creator Insists, Your essential guide to life, travel and entertainment in Iceland. During maternity and paternity leave (or parental leave), the employment contract and all acquired rights remain intact. ��4��n��R.���y�@ In addition to this, there is a three-month joint entitlement, which they can divide between themselves or which one of the parents can use in full. The change is planned to be introduced between 2020 and 2021, but details are still to be sorted out. If there is a dispute concerning maternity/paternity leave and parental leave (for instance, between the employer and the employee, or because of the processing by the Directorate of Labour), a complaint can be sent to the Maternity/Paternity and Parental Leave Appeal Committee. Mothers return to work earlier, and get back to working ordinary hours faster. The women are pregnant, give birth and breastfeed and they need some rest. Afterward, the local health care clinic will send a visiting nurse to follow up. The latter would good, but not quite as good as 5 – 5 – 2. If the father does not take all his due leave, it is lost for both parents. Next: Ólafur Arnalds Release New Song and Video The 2021 law will provide five months for each parent with two months to divide. But Iceland has a shortage of nursery spaces. It is often possible to negotiate with your employer to extend your parental leave, but this will lower your income each month proportionally. Iceland’s government has decided that parental leave should be extended to 12 months. 0000092207 00000 n %%EOF Under special circumstances, the maternity/paternity leave and allowance entitlements may be transferred from one parent to the other, because of death or disease, or because one of the parents is serving a prison sentence. If either parent decides not to use their parental leave, those months are not transferrable. Iceland, lasting at least six months. 0 The fathers’ improved position has not impacted negatively on mothers, even though the fathers’ opportunities have increased many times over. During maternity/paternity leave the parents accrue work-related rights and leave-taking entitlements. Ólafur Arnalds Release New Song and Video, All Crew Members Of Valdimar GK Diagnosed With COVID-19, An Ice Cave In Reykjavík? The parents were free to decide exactly how to organise their leave. “The mother is usually in charge of care when both are at home. 0000002646 00000 n 0000002838 00000 n But I don’t think parental leave will be equally divided between the parents during the first months after birth. 0000134999 00000 n 0000002167 00000 n He is optimistic about the future. Midwives are an incredible resource (especially for first-time parents) at answering questions, assisting with breastfeeding, and check-ups. As of 1 January 2021, the maternity and paternity leave will be extended to 12 months. Payment during maternity leave. In 2000, a law was passed which mandated that both mothers and fathers were to be given three months of non-transferable paternity leave each. The change is planned to be introduced between 2020 and 2021, but details are still to be sorted out. �m�s躘M�T���\!Sׇ�zkN��v'�@[I�Y���T�]D( a{ѵ�� . Following the session, Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir briefly recounted the history of parental leave in Iceland on Facebook. Parents cannot transfer the right to parental leave to each other. Copyright © 2003 - 2020 Fröken Ltd. All rights reserved. ���5"�⽭�. Currently, maternity and paternity leave in Iceland is 10 months with equal rights for the mother and father. More information and statistics are available, in Icelandic, at the Directorate of Labour. The country's maternity leave policy offers 13 weeks of leave at a pay rate of 59% of a woman's full-time salary. Icelandic mothers who only take three months while the fathers take six months, have experienced prejudice from their surroundings. Payments during maternity/paternity leave must be applied for at the Maternity/paternity Leave Fund at the Directorate of Labour. The official law, created in 2000, is known as the Icelandic Act on Maternity/Paternity and Parental Leave. 0000001891 00000 n Iceland has the best maternity/paternity policy in the world. Those who receive maternity/paternity allowance must, however, take uninterrupted holiday leave. There are reasons for this, for instance breast feeding. 0000049187 00000 n 0000079914 00000 n