Types of parental leave

Whether it is for the birth or adoption of a child, or because your child is ill, there are a number of types of leave available, depending on your family circumstances and/or the age of your child(ren).

Leave for the birth of a child

Maternity leave

All pregnant women workers (either employed or self-employed) are entitled to maternity leave, comprising antenatal leave (8 weeks prior to the anticipated date of the birth as attested by a medical certificate) and postnatal leave (8 weeks from the date of the birth).

For details of the procedure for 'Applying for maternity leave', please consult Guichet.lu.

The Luxembourg Chamber of Employees provides detailed information (Q&A) on maternity leave.

Special leave for personal reasons

This type of leave may be taken by employed fathers at the time of the birth of a legitimate or recognised illegitimate child. A male employee (or apprentice) who needs to take leave of absence for certain personal reasons specifically provided for by law is entitled to take special leave on full pay. The duration of the special leave taken by fathers is two days in the private sector and four days for civil servants.

For details of the procedure for 'Applying for special paid leave for personal reasons', please consult Guichet.lu.

Leave for the adoption of a child

Adoption leave

Adoption leave is 8 weeks if a single child who has not yet reached the age of primary school education is adopted, or 12 weeks for two or more children. Adoption leave will enable one of the partners to stay at home in order to take care of the child(ren) who has/have recently arrived in the family.

For details of the procedure for 'Applying for adoption leave', please consult Guichet.lu.

The Luxembourg Chamber of Employees provides detailed information (Q&A) on adoption leave.

Special leave for personal reasons

This type of leave may be taken by either the employed father or mother when adopting a child under the age of 16 years (unless the employee has the benefit of adoption leave). A male employee (or apprentice) who needs to take leave of absence for certain personal reasons specifically provided for by law is entitled to take special leave on full pay. The duration of the special leave taken by fathers is two days in the private sector and two days for civil servants.

For details of the procedure for 'Applying for special leave for personal reasons', please consult Guichet.lu.

Parental leave

Parental leave enables the parents of a young child to interrupt their careers or shorten their work hours in order to accompany the child at key moments in its development, while retaining the certainty of returning to their jobs at the end of the leave. Parental leave may be requested whether the child is legitimate, illegitimate, or legitimated. It may also be requested in case of an adoption procedure.

The reform of parental leave which entered into effect on 1 December 2016 allows for more flexible periods of leave.  The new parental leave allows parents to choose from different flexible leave schemes which are better suited to their professional situation while they continue to benefit from a replacement income. The first parental leave always has to be taken following maternity leave. The second parental leave, however, can now be taken up to 6 years of age of the child. It is now also possible for both parents to take parental leave at the same time. 

All the detailed information is available on the website www.reforme-famille.public.lu (in French or German).

Read the practical guide 'Labour law - 2017 Parental leave' of the Chambre des salariés here

For details of the procedure for 'Applying for parental leave in case of birth or adoption of a child', please consult Guichet.lu.

Leave for family reasons in the event of a child's illness

Leave for family reasons enables the parents of a child under the age of 15 years to stay with the child in the event of serious illness, accident or other health-related problem with no loss of income. Leave for family reasons is theoretically limited to two days per child per year. It is nevertheless possible to extend it further if the child is suffering from a particularly serious illness or handicap. Leave for family reasons is for two full days per year, per working parent and per child (the days may not be taken consecutively).

For details of the procedure for 'Applying for leave for family reasons', please consult Guichet.lu.

The Luxembourg Chamber of Employees provides detailed information (Q&A) on leave for family reasons.

Leave for accompanying a dying person

Leave to accompany a dying person is a special type of paid leave which enables a worker (employed or self-employed) with a relative in the terminal stage of a serious illness to take leave of absence to be able to stay at their bedside. This leave is organised much in the same way as leave taken for family reasons.

For details of the procedure for 'Applying for leave to accompany a dying person', please consult Guichet.lu.

The Luxembourg Chamber of Employees provides detailed information (Q&A) on leave to accompany a dying person.

  • Updated 20-02-2017