• The corona parental leave is final and can be applied for at the NEO

The corona parental leave is final and can be applied for at the NEO

15 May 2020

For parents who find it difficult to reconcile family and professional life because of government measures to combat the spread of COVID19, the government has adopted a Special Powers Decree which temporarily provides for the possibility of corona parental leave. This decree was published in the Belgian Official Gazette on 14 May 2020.


Temporary entitlement

Full-time or part-time (at least 75%) working parents, including adoptive and foster parents, can use this corona parental leave to reduce their work performance by 1/5th or 1/2nd if they have at least one child who has not yet reached the age of 12 (or 21 years for a disabled child).

This is an additional and temporary entitlement running from 1 May to 30 June 2020 (this date may be extended). This means that it is not charged on other forms of parental leave or time credit and that even the ordinary parental leave during this period may be converted into corona parental leave.


Employer's agreement required

The right is not granted automatically, but requires the employer's agreement. However, the application procedure is much shorter and more flexible than for ordinary parental leave. The application must be submitted at least 3 working days before the start of the parental leave. This can be deviated from by mutual agreement. The employer must respond within 3 working days after the application. In addition, both the application and the employer's confirmation may be done entirely electronically.



The interruption can be taken in a consecutive period until the end of the measure (30/6/2020) or per month or per week, either consecutively or not.


Amount of the allowance

During the interruption, you are entitled to an interruption benefit that is 25% more than the usual parental leave benefit.

As far as the basic amounts are concerned, this means the following:

Gross allowance  1/5th career reduction  1/2nd career reduction
Ordinary parental leave  EUR 144.45  EUR 425.79
Corona parental leave  EUR 180.56  EUR 532.24


These are the basic amounts, for single persons or persons older than 50 years the amounts are higher.

From now on, this benefit can be applied for electronically from the NEO. As soon as the employer has given its approval, the application can be submitted per period and at the latest 2 months after the starting date.