Policy Document

Act of 26 July 2013 (Item 1028) on the Amendment to the Act on the Labour Code






Family & Children


Leave Schemes for Parents

Main implications

The act made changes to parental leave regulations: 1. Parents could use the parental leave until the child reached the age of five. 2. Parents could take leave simultaneously for up to four months. 3. Each parent had one month of leave delegated specifically to him or her. This leave could be used by the other parent.* 4. Parents can use the parental leave in up to five different parts.

Benefits & Requirements

Coverage: Eligible groups or beneficiaries

Female or male workers with a child under age five, or a disabled child under age 18.

Target group


Who is entitled to opt for parental leave according to this document?

Mothers and fathers.

Months of parental leave guaranteed by the State, stipulated by this document

36 months

Calculation of financial support

A flat rate

Months of parental leave secured by State without receiving financial support

12 months

Flexibility to use leave entitlements (e.g. part-time option, simultaneous or separated use by parents)

Parents could use the leave simultaneously for 4 months – but during this time only one of them could collect benefits. Leave can be taken in parts. If the parent decides to work part-time he/she can either receive remuneration or the benefit.

Does this document guarantee job security after parental leave?


Does this document contain specific entitlements for parental leave after adoption?


Read the Law

Full Text Source in English

Journal of Law, September 5, 2013 (Item 1028)

Original full text source in native language

Dziennik Ustaw z 5 września 2013 (poz.1028)

Original full text web source in native language


Comments & Clarifications

* This regulation guaranteed fathers their own parental leave. Mothers could take up to 35 months; the one additional month could only be used by the father.

Secondary Literature & Sources

Links to databases and sources for the analysis or evaluation of this policy field

This link leads to the full text of the law (in PDF format), along with a short description of when and by whom it was ratified and enacted (in Polish).


Anna Rybińska
Institute of Statistics and Demography, Warsaw School of Economics

Data collected in the framework of the Population Europe Research Finder and Archive (PERFAR)

Cite as

SPLASH-db.eu (2014): Policy: "Act of 26 July 2013 (Item 1028) on the Amendment to the Act on the Labour Code" (Information provided by Anna Rybińska). Available at: https://splash-db.eu [Date of access].