Romania: Labour Code amendment grants in-vitro fertilisation leave
Changes have been made to Romania's Labour Code to promote in-vitro fertilisation. According to the law, female employees who undergo the in-vitro fertilisation process are entitled to three days of paid leave surrounding the procedure. To take advantage of this benefit, an employee must file a formal request for this leave, along with a letter from their doctor confirming the procedure.
Currently, there are no legal sanctions for employers who refuse to grant in-vitro leave. However, the government is considering ways to strictly enforce this new law, which took effect in April 2019.
Employers should consider how requests for in-vitro leave will be scheduled in conjunction with female employees’ annual leave and update their employment policies to reflect these changes.