Changes in the Labour Code that encourage balancing my work and family obligations

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What rights do I have as an employee if I am the father (or adoptive parent) of a child under the age of 8?

  • I have a guaranteed right to monetary compensation from the state social insurance for the use of leave to raise a  child  up  to  the  age  of  8;  the  monetary compensation is in an amount determined each year by the Law on the State Social Security Budget. From 01.04. until 31.12.2022 the amount of compensation is BGN 710.
  • I have the right to use such leave in the amount of two months (at once or in parts), if I have not used leave transferred by the mother under Art. 163, 164 or 164a of the Civil Code – for pregnancy and childbirth, for raising a child up to 2 years of age or for raising a child placed with relatives and friends or in a foster family; if I used such leave for less than 2 months, I have the right to leave to raise a child up to the age of 8 in the amount of the difference between two months and the leave used;
  • I have the right to have the time during which I used such leave be counted as work experience.

** Drafts of amendments and additions to the Ordinance on working hours, rest and vacations and the Ordinance on cash benefits and benefits from the state social insurance have been prepared. These projects aim to prescribe a detailed procedure for the use of leave for raising a child up to the age of 8.

 

What rights do I have as an employee if I have individual   needs   arising   from   my   work   duties?

In the event that I am an employee who is the parent (adoptive) of a child up to the age of 8 or I take care of a parent, child, spouse, brother, sister and parent of the other spouse or other direct relatives due to serious medical reasons, then with new amendments and additions to the Labor Code, I have a number of options to adapt my work regime to these individual personal needs.

I can offer my employer a change for a certain period of the employment relationship related to the duration and distribution of my working time, with a switch to remote work, as well as other changes to facilitate the reconciliation of my work and family obligations. In the event that my employer refuses my offer to amend my employment relationship, he is obliged to provide me with a reasoned written response to his refusal within 14 days.

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