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Carer’s leave

You are entitled to carer’s leave if you have a sick child, partner or parent who requires your care. This also applies to brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandchildren, housemates and friends.

There are two types of carer’s leave: short-term and long-term leave. 

Short-term leave

You may be entitled to short-term care leave if you have a sick child, partner or parent whom you need to take care of at home, but only if you are the only person who is able to provide this care. You can't apply for short-term leave if your sick child, partner or partner is already receiving care elsewhere, e.g. in a hospital.

You receive a maximum of 70% of your salary when on short-term carer’s leave. You are entitled to six times your weekly hours of long-term carer’s leave within a period of 12 months. Thus, if you work 24 hours per week, you may take 144 hours of long-term leave. 

Langdurend zorgverlof

If you are on long-term carer’s leave, you must also pay the full pension premium over your hours of leave. In exceptional cases, you may reach another agreement about the payment of your pension premium.

You are entitled to six times your weekly hours of long-term carer’s leave within a period of 12 months. Thus, if you work 24 hours per week, you may take 144 hours of long-term leave.

Requesting carer’s leave

Consult your manager if you wish to take carer’s leave. Your HR department will deal with the practical side of things.

Hours per week

Your hours per week means the number of hours per week stated in your contract. The period of 12 months begins on the first day of the leave.

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