Paternity leave will be easier from May 1

Fathers will be not obliged to submit an agreement with mothers about care of a child.

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From Saturday, May 1, fathers will no longer have to submit an agreement with the mother regarding the care of the child when applying for paternity leave. This follows from the recently approved amendment to the Social Insurance Act, said Zuzana Dvoráková, a spokesperson for the Sociálna Poisťovňa social insurer.

“Sociálna Poisťovňa welcomes the removal of this administrative obligation,” the spokesperson said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “This will make it easier for fathers to claim this benefit.”

Fathers may earn while being on paternity leave

Parents will not have to conclude and submit a written agreement when they want to change care arrangements for a child. “The deletion of this formal condition will reduce the administrative burden on the child's parents, which we very much welcome,” said general director of Sociálna Poisťovňa Juraj Káčer, as quoted by TASR.

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