The State Social Insurance Agency informs that from 2023 the conditions for granting and payment of parental benefit to beneficiaries whose child will be born on or after 1 January 2023 shall be changing. For children born on or after 1 January 2023, the total duration of the parental benefit will be set in months counted from the date of birth.
The total period of parental benefit will be made up of the basic and non-transferable parts of the parental benefit. The non-transferable part will be two months for each parent.
Parents shall be able to choose:
To receive the total benefit for time period of the 13 months from the day of the child’s birth:
If you choose a period of 13 months, the amount of parental allowance is:
it is 60 % of the claimant's average contributory salary.
! If you are not on parental leave and continue to work, you can get 50 % of the basic amount of the parental benefit.
! The non-transferable part of the allowance can only be received if you are on parental leave or do not earn an income as a self-employed person.
To receive the total benefit for time period of the 19 months from the day of the child’s birth:
If you choose a period of 19 months, the amount of parental allowance is:
43.75 % of the claimant's average contributory salary.
! If you are not on parental leave and continue to work, you can get 50 % of the basic parental allowance.
! The non-transferable part of the allowance can only be received while on parental leave or without income as a self-employed person.
Important! The period during which the basic part of the parental allowance is to be paid from the date of birth until the child reaches the age of one or one-and-a-half years also includes the period during which the maternity allowance is to be paid.
Maternity and parental benefits for the same child cannot be received at the same time. If the mother of the child has been awarded maternity allowance, the parent will be able to receive the basic part of the parental allowance from the day after the end date of the maternity allowance. The amount of maternity benefit is 80% of the claimant’s average contribution salary.
To be eligible to parental benefit
- must have social security, i.e., be employed or self-employed
- compulsory social security contributions must have been paid for at least three months in the last six months or for at least six months in the last 24 months before the month from which the parental benefit is granted.
These conditions also apply to persons to whom a child has been placed in out-of-family care or to adoptive parents.
Parents must agree:
- the total period for receiving parental allowance – 13 months or 19 months;
- which parent will receive the basic part of the parental benefit – the period of the basic part, which includes the period of maternity allowance (if this has been granted for the child after birth), is 9 months or 15 months;
- when each parent has used up his or her non-transferable share of the parental allowance, which is two months.
The child is born on 1 January 2023 and the mother receives maternity allowance (56 calendar days from 1 January to 25 February). The parents agree that the mother will receive the main part of the parental allowance. Parents choose a total benefit period of 19 months. So, the mother is entitled to the basic part of the parental allowance and maternity allowance from the date of the child's birth until the child is 1.5 years old, for a total of 15 months (the basic part of the parental allowance is 15 months minus the 56 calendar days of maternity allowance). The non-transferable part of the parental allowance can be received by each parent until the child reaches the age of 8.
How parents can get the non-transferable part of the benefit:
- the parent receiving the basic part of the parental benefit – after receiving the basic part, at any time up to the child's eighth birthday,
- the other parent – at any time from the birth of the child until the child reaches the age of eight, including while the other parent is receiving maternity, basic or non-transferable part of the parental allowance,
- the two-month period may be divided into several phases, the shortest of which is one continuous calendar week.
! EXCEPTIONS where both non-transferable shares can be used by one parent:
- the child has not had paternity recognised or established
- the other parent is dead,
- the other parent has been deprived or has had custody rights terminated
provided that this part has not already been allocated and paid to another person.
Parents have decided to receive 19 months of parental benefit for their newborn child. The mother has been granted maternity allowance. The parents have agreed that the mother will benefit from the basic part of the allowance, which, together with the maternity allowance, will last for 15 months from the date of the child's birth until the child reaches the age of one-and-a-half years. The mother uses her two-month non-transferable part immediately after receiving the basic part of the parental allowance, thus continuing to receive the allowance without interruption.
- 1. option The father chooses his two months immediately after the mother has used her two months.
As the parents have opted for a total period of 19 months of parental allowance, both the basic and the non-transferable two-month allowance will be 43.75 % of the recipient's average insurable salary. The mother's average salary will be calculated from her income when the benefit is granted, while the father's non-transferable share will be calculated from his income.
- 2. option The father will take one of his two months with the mother while she is receiving maternity pay and the other month later. To receive the non-transferable part of the allowance, the father must apply for parental leave with his employer.