Austria:Changes to parental leave policies
Austria has made two significant changes with regards to parental leave. The details are as follows:
Changes to the treatment of maternity leave in calculation of period-of-service
Austria has changed the way parental leave is counted when calculating an employee’s total length of service, which determines many employee entitlements, such as notice periods, annual leave and salary advances.
Previously, the law stipulated that up to ten months of maternity leave must be credited towards an employee’s total length of service. Moving forward, all parental leave taken must be credited towards the length of service, with a maximum entitlement of 24 months per child.
This amendment will only apply to parental leave taken from 1 August 2019.
Introduction of a 'Daddy Month'
The Austrian Paternity Leave Act has been amended to grant fathers one month of leave after the birth of their child. Informally, this new right is referred to as ‘Daddy Month.’
According to the new legislation, ‘Daddy month’ may begin as early as the calendar day following the child’s birth. An employee who wishes to exercise his right to a ‘Daddy Month’ must notify his employer three months prior to the estimated date of birth.
This new provision will apply to all births that occur from 1 September 2019.