To comply with international standards, maternity leave duration should be at least 14 weeks and during maternity leave workers should be paid at least 67% of their wage.
What is the duration of maternity leave?
Female employees are entitled to a maternity leave of 17 weeks of which 8-week leave has to be taken before child birth and 9- week after the child birth. Pregnant employees are entitled to time off without loss of pay to receive antenatal care, if the employee notifies her employer and the need for the care is certified.
At the end of basic maternity leave of 17 months, workers are entitled to reduce their working time by one hour per day without any loss of income for the next 30 months. They can also reduce their working time by 02 hours per day during the first twelve months and one hour per day in the next six months after arranging with the employer. An equivalent amount of time-off may be taken in the form of paid leave.
There is also a provision for special leave for the duration of 065 months and it is granted either at the end of basic maternity leave of 17 weeks and before the beginning of use of flexible working (reduced daily hours of work) or alternatively after the end of reduced daily working hours.
What percentage of the monthly salary does a worker get during maternity leave?
Employee is entitled to 50% of the pay by the employer. The remainder of the normal pay, subject to a minimum and maximum, is paid by the IKA social insurance institute. Employer may pay an employee more than the statutory 50% of the monthly pay during maternity leave. However, it will result in the full or partial loss of employee’s right to the IKA’s maternity leave allowance. (Act 2874 of 2000 Promotion of Employment and other Provisions (parental leave, increase maternity leave, §11)
A child benefit equal to the 10% of the total amount of maternity allowance up to a maximum of 40% is also paid. During the special leave of six months, OAED provides the employee with a monthly amount equal to the minimum wage as well as the proportion of holiday allowances.
Does the law provide for paid or unpaid parental leave?
After the completion of maternity or paternity leave, the parents of the minor children can receive unpaid leave of four months till the child become 6 year old. The employer must grant parental leave on a “first come, first served” basis to eligible employees, and is not obliged to grant leave to more than 8% of their total workforce at the same time. There is no obligation for an employer to pay employees while on parental leave. The parental leave is non-transferable and is considered individual right. Since the parental leave is individual right, the the total length of parental leave for both parents is 240 days. (Law 4075/2012 (Art. 49-55), which implemented Directive 2010/18/EU)
Additional information about maternity leave in Greece
- Does the Law have provisions on maternity leave?
- What is the duration of maternity leave?
- What percentage of the monthly salary does a worker get during maternity leave?
- Who pays for maternity leave?
Both employer and government
- Does the law require that workers be protected from dismissals during the term of pregnancy and maternity leave?
- Does the law provide for the right to return to same position after availing maternity leave?
- Does the law require that pregnant and nursing workers must not be engaged in harmful work?
- Does the law require that pregnant workers be provided free ante and post natal medical care?
- Does the law provide for breastfeeding breaks for nursing mothers?
- What is the duration of breastfeeding breaks, as provided by the law?
- What is the length of breastfeeding breaks?
Breastfeeding breaks are provided for the first 30 month(s) of life of the child
- Does the law require parental leave for parents?
- Does the law provide for paid or unpaid parental leave?
- What is the total duration of parental leave?
- What is the wage replacement rate for parental leave?
- Does the law require that parents with minor children or workers with other family responsibilities be provided with flexible time or part time work options?