Parental allowances when the estimated due date of the baby is on or after 4 September 2022

The parental allowance system was reformed - are you on the right page?

The information on this page applies to your family if:

  • the estimated due date of your baby is on or after 4 September 2022
  • you have adopted and the child was placed in your care on or after 31 July 2022.
Parental allowances if the estimated due date of your baby is before 4/9/2022. 

Kela offers financial assistance to families with children starting from pregnancy.

A new Act reforming parental benefits will came into effect on 1 August 2022. You will receive parental allowances under the new Act if the estimated date of birth of your baby is on or after 4 September 2022. If that is the case, the pregnancy allowance period will start on 1 August 2022 at the earliest. If, however, your baby was born prematurely on 29 July 2022 or earlier, you will get parental allowances based on the old act.

If your family started to get parental allowances from an earlier date, the allowances cannot, on 1 August 2022, be adjusted to comply with the new Act.

If you have adopted a child, you will get parental allowance under the new Act if you took the child into your care on or after 31 July 2022.

The new Act recognises equally all kinds of family situations, including those involving diverse families and various forms of entrepreneurship and self-employment. The aim is also that parental leave and care responsibilities will be evenly split between parents in two-parent families. After the reform, families will have more opportunities, freedom of choice and flexibility to take out parental leave.

New parental allowances

Parental allowance is the common name for the following benefits

"Parental allowances after the reform."

 

Kela pays parental allowances regardless of family structure. In some cases, payment of parental allowance may be affected if the family structure is an adoptive family, a multiple-birth family, a rainbow family, a stepfamily or a one-parent family.

Pregnancy leave usually starts 30 working days before the estimated due date of the baby. When your pregnancy leave starts, you will get pregnancy allowance from Kela. Pregnancy allowance is paid for 40 working days.

If, at your workplace, you are exposed to radiation, chemical agents or infectious disease, and you cannot be reassigned to other duties, you can stay away from work as soon as your pregnancy has been confirmed. During that period, you will get special pregnancy allowance.

You can start taking out parental leave after the baby is born. Parental allowance is paid by Kela for a total of 320 working days. If a child has two parents, the days are divided equally between both parents. If you wish, you can give up some of your parental allowance days for the benefit of someone else.

You can also work part-time and apply for partial parental allowance for that same period.

Plan your parental leave periods together with the other parent

If a child has two parents, they should jointly plan how they are going to share the parental leave periods and decide if they are going to take care of the baby at the same time or during separate periods. If parents give up their parental allowance days to be used by another person who participates in the care of the child, they should discuss and agree on how they are going to share the days between them and notify Kela of this well in advance. That way, the processing of the application will not be unnecessarily delayed.

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