Common Types of Leaves

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Types of leave can be roughly divided into three categories. Legal leave, special leave and unpaid leave. Some types of leave are laid down by law, such as maternity leave. In addition, agreements regarding leave are included in the collective labor agreement, for example 'relocation leave'.

The 3 Most Common Types of Leaves

1- Legal leave

This type of leave is, as the name suggests, laid down by law. For example, statutory leave includes maternity leave.

The common types of legal leave with a short explanation:

- Maternity leave

You have maternity leave for brand new fathers. This is currently two days. The salary will continue to be paid during those two days.

- Parental leave

Parental leave consists of three days for the fathers and 26 times the weekly working hours for the mothers. An employer doesn't have to continue to pay for parental leave, unless other agreements have been made about this.

- Emergency

leave Emergency leave is leave for unforeseen circumstances that must be resolved immediately. You can think of a broken pipe or an emergency visit to the doctor. The employer must continue to pay the wage.

- Care leave

A distinction is made here between short-term and long-term care leave. The bottom line is that you are entitled to leave to take care of someone close to you. The employer is not obliged to continue paying the full wage, but must take into account the accrual of vacation days.

2- Special leave

Special leave is not laid down in the law, but in the collective labor agreement. Trade unions conclude collective agreements, so as a member of the trade union you have indirect influence on this. Examples of special leave are days off for a move, a marriage or an activity for a trade union. A leave day for, for example, the death of a family member can also be agreed in the collective labor agreement. An employer is free to determine the occasions for which special leave is given. So always check the CLA that applies to you, for example if you are getting married or moving house. Can you just deliver some days off!

3- Unpaid leave

Finally, we still have unpaid leave. During this type of leave you will not receive any salary (surprising?) And you can use this if you are going to leave for a longer period of time. Anna took advantage of unpaid leave when she went traveling for six months. “I had been economical with my days off for a number of years, so I could, in consultation with my employer, travel the first two months and get paid as usual. After that I had four months of unpaid leave. After half a year I came back to my old employer. I would not have received a salary, but I had many beautiful memories. If you don't yet have a home, husband, wife or children, I can recommend everyone to take a look with your employer at the options for unpaid leave! ”

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