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Leave in connection with the birth or adoption of a child (10-days)

An employee who has become a parent but has not been pregnant has the right to take time off when children are born or adopted. It is Försäkringskassan that pays compensation for 10 days to the employee. You as an employer pay nothing.

Who is entitled to leave?

It is generally the parent who has not been pregnant who is entitled to the ten days. However, if the person who has been pregnant does not have a partner, Försäkringskassan can grant the ten days to another person instead.

When a child under the age of 10 is adopted, both adoptive parents have the right to five days each with compensation unless they agree on a different distribution of the days.

How long can the employee be on leave?

The employee can take out compensation for 25, 50 or 75 percent of their normal working hours. In other words, he or she can take out 20 half days instead of 10 whole days. It is also possible to take out 1/8-part days, which corresponds to 12.5 percent of normal working hours.

When an employee’s child is born

The 10-day period must be used within 60 days of arriving home after the birth of the child.

When an employee adopts a child

The 10-day period must be used within 60 days after the employee took the child into their custody.

When can the employee use the days?

If the employee has a child

The 10-day period must be used within 60 days of arriving home after the birth of the child.

If the employee adopts a child

The 10-day period must be used within 60 days after the employee took the child into their custody.

Who does what?

It is the employee who reports to Försäkringskassan that he/she intends to go on leave. The employee must also inform you as the employer that they intend to go on leave from work.

The employee must:

  • Notify you that he/she intends to go on leave.
  • Apply for the 10-day period after the leave.

The employer must:

  • Submit a reply to the income inquiry if Försäkringskassan asks for it.

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