Care leave

If someone close to you requires care, you can choose to take care leave. These are people for whom you are clearly responsible, such as:

  • Your partner 
  • Your children 
  • Members of your family

In some cases, you may also take care leave in order to care for:

  • A member of your household, such as your live-in mother-in-law
  • Other social contacts, such as friends or neighbours

Because you will almost always be required to forfeit your salary during care leave, you may well consider the option of using up your holiday hours instead. 

You can contact your supervisor to discuss your personal situation.

Short-term leave

There are certain special personal circumstances in which you are entitled to leave (Holiday and leave regulations article 15B, paragraph 2-g). These include necessary care for your sick partner or child (<14 years old). You are entitled to 1-3 days per year with pay.

Requests 

You will need to notify your supervisor about your request. You will need to specify the reason for your leave, and clarify what the extent and probable duration of your leave will be. You will also need to notify the HR officer from your department about your request.

Short-term care leave

There are certain special personal circumstances in which you are entitled to leave (Vacation and Leave Regulations Article 17). These include necessary care for your sick partner or child. You are entitled to a maximum of 10 days per year (pro rata). You are paid 70% of your salary.

Requests 

You will need to notify your supervisor about your request. You will need to specify the reason for your leave, and clarify what the extent and probable duration of your leave will be. You will also need to notify the HR officer from your department about your request.

Long-term care leave

There are certain special personal circumstances in which you are entitled to leave (Holiday and leave regulations article 18). These include necessary care for your sick partner or child. You are entitled to up to 6 times your weekly working hours, spread over 12 - 18 weeks. Long-term care leave is not paid.

Requests 

You will need to contact the HR officer from your department about your request.

Leave No loss of salary No loss of pension accrual Accrual of holiday hours
Short-term leave 100%                v                v
Short-term care leave 70%                v                v
Long-term care leave                x Employee pays 100% of the premium                v

Contact

Need help? Get in touch with your personnel HR officer.

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