Maternity benefit

You are entitled to maternity benefit if you are employed, self-employed or unemployed, and if you comply with the employment requirements.

As new parents, you have the right to 52 weeks of maternity leave. The weeks are generally divided in the following way:

  • The mother has 4 weeks before the birth
  • The father has 2 weeks after the birth or adoption
  • The mother has 14 weeks after the birth or adoption
  • The last 32 weeks can be split between mother and father
     

You are an employee

Generally, you are entitled to maternity benefit, if you are an employee. You will have to have worked for at least 13 weeks before you go on maternity leave and have worked for at least 120 hours during the 13 weeks.

Generally, your maternity benefit is calculated on the grounds of your hourly wage and working hours. There is, however, a set maximum per. week.

How many weeks are you entitled to maternity benefit?

As new parents, you have the right to 52 weeks of maternity leave. The weeks are generally divided in the following way:

  • The mother has 4 weeks before the birth
  • The father has 2 weeks after the birth or adoption
  • The mother has 14 weeks after the birth or adoption
  • The last 32 weeks can be split between mother and father
     

You are an employee

Generally, you are entitled to maternity benefit, if you are an employee. You will have to have worked for at least 13 weeks before you go on maternity leave and have worked for at least 120 hours during the 13 weeks.

Your maternity benefit is calculated on the grounds of your hourly wage and working hours. There is, however, a set maximum per. week.

You can find the rates for maternity benefit on The Ministry of Employment’s webpage.

Some agreements and some businesses offer full pay during the entire or part of the maternity leave. To find out more, you will need to contact your employer or your unemployment fund. If you get paid a full salary during your maternity leave, you cannot claim maternity benefits.

You will need to apply for maternity benefit through your employer – even though the benefit is for you, the application has to come from your employer.

You are unemployed

You are entitled to maternity benefit if you are unemployed and claiming unemployment benefit.

If you are claiming social security, you will normally be entitled to this benefit for the same period of time an unemployed is to maternity benefit.

If you are a member of an unemployment fund, you will need to apply for maternity benefit through the fund. If you are claiming social security, you will need to contact your jobcentre.

You are self-employed

If you are self-employed, your maternity benefit will be equal to the latest annual income as registered with the tax authority. The benefit cannot exceed the maximum of the maternity benefit.

You need to report your maternity leave through NemRefusion.

You are a student

You can claim an additional student grant, if you have a child while you are studying and attend a course which qualifies for a grant from the State Education Fund. As a mother, you can normally claim an additional 12 months’ student grant and as a father 6 months’ student grant.

You are only entitled to maternity benefit as a student, if you have a permanent part-time job or if you are a student in a paid internship.

Please contact SU (The State Education Fund) to apply for an additional student grant while you are on maternity leave. If you have just finished your course and you are a member of an unemployment fund, you will need to contact them to claim maternity benefit.

Editor

Jobcenter Gentofte
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