A family law that introduces several amendments to Poland’s Labor Code came into effect on January 1, 2009. The new law affects the length of parental leave available to workers.
The new law modifies parental leave as follows:
- Standard maternity leave has been set at 20 weeks for a single birth, 31 weeks for the birth of twins and longer for multiple births.
- Paternity leave has been set to two weeks, effective January 1, 2010.
- Additional maternity leave will be available starting from 2010. By 2014, additional leave of up to six weeks for single births and eight weeks for multiple births will be available.
The law also gives additional flexibility to employees taking parental leave:
- Employees who decide to work part-time after having children are protected against the involuntary termination of their contracts for a maximum period of 12 months.
- Employees returning from maternity leave must be allowed to return to their original position or one that requires similar qualifications and has similar remuneration.
- If mothers do not take all of the maternity leave allotted to them, fathers will be allowed to take the remaining.
- Parental leave can be combined with part-time work if requested by the employee.