Taking care of a newborn baby is a major undertaking. The lives of the new mother and father are turned upside down. Fortunately, as a young parent, you are entitled to a period of statutory parental leave.
In Belgium, all women with an employment contract are entitled to maternity leave. You can find out exactly how this arranged on the website of the Federal Government.
In recent years, men have also been able to benefit from paternity leave. You can read more about this on the website of the Federal Public Service for Employment, Labour and Social Dialogue.
- For more information, you can also contact the civil registry of your municipality.
- In the booklet 'Wegwijs in werk en ouderschap' (Tips for work and parenthood) from the Federal Government, you can read about your rights and obligations as a new parent at work.
- Kind en Gezin offers various publications to guide you in your role as a parent.
- For French speakers, the Office de la Naissance et de l’Enfance (ONE) provides a whole range of information booklets (website only available in French).
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