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Maternity leave and parental leave: In this case, there are problems with the boss


Maternity leave and parental leave sound like synonyms, but there is a big difference between the terms - and you should definitely know them.

Maternity leave and parental leave sound like synonyms, but there is a big difference between the terms - and you should definitely know them.

  • Anyone who is pregnant has to think about maternity leave and parental leave in good time.
  • What many do not know: The two terms do not have the same meaning.
  • For one reason, you should definitely know the difference.

Pregnancy is usually a special time for mothers as well as for fathers, because the anticipation of the offspring increases day by day. When it comes to work, parents-to-be have a lot to think about: How is the best way to tell the boss about pregnancy? What are the consequences for the job in general? What do you need to know about maternity protection and parental leave ?

We have summarized the answer to the latter question:

Maternity leave and parental leave - what's the difference?

Many people mistakenly assume that maternity protection * and parental leave * are identical. But that is definitely not the case: While the prohibition on employment associated with maternity protection usually occurs automatically before the date of birth, parental leave must always be requested from the employer beforehand .

Exactly this difference is fatal to many: If you think that parental leave is a matter of course, you run the risk of having it approved by the boss too late. Incidentally, parental leave is an option for both mothers and fathers.

Read also : Woman only takes eight weeks of parental leave - her environment reacts so violently.

Does maternity leave count towards parental leave?

There is no overlap between maternity leave and parental leave , but instead one can follow immediately after the other: maternity leave usually begins six weeks before the due date and usually extends to two more months after birth - as the guide describes ,

Thereafter, mothers can take parental leave immediately if this has been applied for and approved. Parental leave is generally limited to three years. According to section 15 (2) sentence 3 of the BEEG, the previous ban on employment due to maternity leave is deducted from this period. Fathers, on the other hand, can start their parental leave from the date of birth.

Video: How fathers change through parental leave

Also interesting : "Selfish" - mothers who only take parental leave for a short time fail with bosses.

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