Reform of the employees' extraordinary leave

The law of 15 December 2017, which entered into force on 1 January 2018, has modified extraordinary leave, mostly in favour of employees.

The table below summarises the law before and after the reform:

 Life event*   Before the reform   After the reform Death Death of spouse or partner or of a first  degree relative 3 days 3 days  Death of a second degree relative 1 day 1 day Death of a minor child 3 days 5 days Birth / Adoption  Child’s birth (father) 2 days 10 days in the following 2 months (can be split) Maternity leave Prenatal leave:
8 weeks

Postnatal leave: 
8 weeks
12 weeks, if breast feeding, multiple births or premature baby Prenatal leave:
8 weeks

Postnatal leave: 
12 weeks Adoption of a child under 16 years old 2 days  10 days in the following 2 months (can be split) Marriage / Civil partnership Marriage  6 days 3 days Civil partnership 6 days  1 day Child's partnership 2 days Abolished  Child's marriage 2 days 1 day Other Leave for family reasons (child’s sickness)  Child’s maximum age: 15 years old

Child for which a family allowance is granted by the CNPF

2 days per year and per child

Child’s maximum age: 18 years old

Child born in and outside marriage and adopted

12 days per child between 0 and 4 years old

8 days per child between 4 and 13 years old

5 days per child between 13 and 18 years old

Moving 2 days  2 days per 3 year-period of employment with the same employer (except moving for professional reasons) Military service enrolment 1 day  Abolished 

* Unless otherwise specified, days off must be taken at the time the related life event occurs.