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News on maternity benefit

Starting next year, parents will be able to receive maternity benefit simultaneously.

The current legislation does not allow a mother and a father to receive maternity benefit simultaneously. From next year, however, it will be possible for a father who is on maternity leave with an older child to receive maternity benefit even after a mother with her newborn baby remains at home and will receive maternity benefit.

It is not possible this year, the father would automatically lose his claim to maternity benefit in this case and only the mother could receive it. 

Maternity benefits:

- a mother is entitled to maternity benefit for 34 weeks, single mothers for 37 weeks

- the second parent is entitled to maternity benefit for 28 weeks

- 75 % of the probable basis for assessment, which is calculated from the salary

- maximum amount for a 31-day month is nearly 1,400 EUR (as of January 2019 increased to 1 458.50 EUR)

- for more information on maternity benefits see Social Insurance.

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