Parental Leave Directive 2010

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Directive 2010/18/EU
European Union directive
TitleDirective 2010/18/EU implementing the revised Framework Agreement on parental leave concluded by BUSINESSEUROPE, UEAPME, CEEP and ETUC and repealing Directive 96/34/E
Made byEuropean Parliament & Council of the EU
Current legislation

The Parental Leave Directive 2010/18/EU is a European Union Directive, which concerns the basic rights of all parents to leave in the European Union. It was repealed and replaced by the 2019 Work-life balance Directive.


The Parental Leave Directive's main provisions are as follows.

  • cl 2(1) time to care for children up to eight years old (2) for a minimum of four months
  • cl 3(1) conditions that may apply include (a) leave on a full or part-time basis or piecemeal (b) a qualifying period under a year (c) under what circumstances an employer may postpone (d) special arrangements for small business (2) notice periods with regard to the worker
  • cl 4, specific needs for adoptive parents
  • cl 5, employment rights and non-discrimination (1) right to return to job, or if impossible, a similar one consistent with the contract (2) acquired rights to be maintained
  • cl 6(1) return to work should allow for reasonable variations. (2) both encouraged to keep contact while away.
  • cl 7, time off for urgent family reasons, sickness or accident.
  • cl 8, can be more favourable

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