The scope and objective of the Act on Maternity/Paternity Leave and Parental Leave

Scope
In Article 1, of Act No. 144/2020 on Maternity/Paternity and Parental Leave (ffl), it is stipulated that the Act applies to:

  • Parents’ rights to maternity/paternity leave and parental leave in the domestic labour market. It applies to parents who are employees or self-employed.
  • Parents’ rights to maternity/paternity grant not participating in the labour market or in an employment ratio less than 25% and studying full-time.

Objective
In Article 2, of the Act, it is stipulated that the objective of this Act is:

  • To ensure that the child spends time with both parents
  • It is also the aim of the Act to make it possible for parents to combine work and family commitments.

Legislation

The English translation of the Act on Maternity/Paternity Leave and Parental Leave, No. 95/2000 (Lög um fæðingar- og foreldraorlof nr. 95/2000) has not been updated since 2016. You are therefore advised that in cases where the Icelandic and English versions differ, the updated Icelandic version is correct.

Act on Maternity/Paternity Leave and Parental Leave, No. 95/2000 (Last updated in 2016)

Lög um fæðingar- og foreldraorlof nr. 95/2000 (Most recent version in Icelandic

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