Family Responsibilities

This page was last updated on: 2021-09-17

Paternity Leave

New fathers are granted a fully paid paternity leave of one day on the birth of a child. This is referred to as "birth leave" in the law. The specific leave entitlements however may vary depending on the applicable Wages Council Wage Regulation Order.

In the public sector, the paternity leave duration is 5 working days after live and still birth. 

Sources: §4 of the Minimum Special Leave Entitlement Regulations (S.L.452.101)

Parental Leave

Parental leave is the individual right of both male and female workers. Parents have to be granted unpaid leave on the ground of birth, adoption, fostering or legal custody of a child to enable them to take care of the child for a period of four months until the child has attained the age of eight years. Parental leave is non-transferable and is availed in established periods of one month each.

Both the full-time and part-time workers (whether they are employed on fixed term or indefinite term contracts) qualify for the parental leave if they have been in continuous employment with the employer for a period of at least 12 months.

Unless otherwise provided under a collective agreement, an employer together with an employee may decide whether to grant parental leave on a full time or part time basis, in the piecemeal way or in the form of a time credit system.

On return from parental leave, an employee is entitled to the same job that the employee occupied prior to the granting of parental leave, or, where this is no longer possible for any valid reason, to an equivalent or similar job consistent with the original contract of employment of the employee.

sources: §3, 4, 8 & 9 of the Parental Leave Entitlement Regulations (S.L.452.78)


Flexible Work Option for Parents / Work-Life Balance

There is no provision in the law requiring employers to provide flexible work options for parents. A collective agreement or an employment contract may have such provisions . 

Regulations on Family Responsibilities

  • Minimum Special Leave Entitlement Regulations (S.L.452.101)
  • Parental Leave Entitlement Regulations (S.L.452.78)