Mères qui Travaillent - Lithuania

Does the Law have provisions on maternity leave? Yes
What is the duration of maternity leave? 18.0 weeks
What percentage of the monthly salary does a worker get during maternity leave? 100  %
Who pays for maternity leave? Government
Does the law require that workers be protected from dismissals during the term of pregnancy and maternity leave? Yes
Does the law provide for the right to return to same position after availing maternity leave? Yes
Does the law require that pregnant and nursing workers must not be engaged in harmful work? Yes
Does the law require that pregnant workers be provided free ante and post natal medical care? Yes
Does the law provide for breastfeeding breaks for nursing mothers? Yes
What is the duration of breastfeeding breaks, as provided by the law? One hour
What is the length of breastfeeding breaks? Breastfeeding breaks are provided for the first 12 month(s) of life of the child
Does the law require parental leave for parents? Yes
Does the law provide for paid or unpaid parental leave? A mix of both
What is the total duration of parental leave? 1095 days
What is the wage replacement rate for parental leave? 70 % of normal wage
Who pays for parental leave? Government
Does the law require that parents with minor children or workers with other family responsibilities be provided with flexible time or part time work options? Yes

To comply with international standards, maternity leave duration should be at least 14 weeks and during maternity leave workers should be paid at least 67% of their wage.


More about maternity leave:

Women workers have the right to maternity leave as guaranteed under the Labour Code. Maternity leave is 126 consecutive days (18 weeks). Of these 126 days, 70 days is the pre-natal leave while 56 days is post-natal leave. Post-natal leave may be extended to 70 days in case of multiple or difficult births (caesarian).

Adoptive parents/guardians have right to maternity leave from the date of adoption/guardianship until the child is 70 days old.

Sources: §178 & 179 of Labour Code 2002, last amended in 2015

State Social Insurance Fund pays the allowance provided for in the Law on Sickness and Maternity Social Insurance during the period of maternity leaves.

Pregnant women with sickness and maternity social insurance record of at least 3 months during the last 12 months or at least 6 months during the last 24 months are granted full payment during maternity leave. Exceptions from these qualifying conditions apply for insured persons under 26 years of age. During the term of maternity leave, workers are entitled to their full pay up to a ceiling of 3.2 times average insured monthly income, currently LT4,761.6 (€1,379). The maternity benefit is funded from the Social Insurance Fund which is financed by the contributions from workers and employers.

sources: §179 of Labour Code 2002, last amended in 2015; §16-22 of Law on Sickness and Maternity Social Insurance 2000 

More about parental leave:

Parental leave is granted to the parents/guardian of a child up to his third birthday, provided that the employee should inform the employer in written (giving 14 days notice) that he is intending to avail the leave or is returning to work. In case of adoption, parental leave of 3 months is granted. Parental leave is a family entitlement. Parental leave may be taken as a single period or distributed in portions. Grandparents or any actual caregiver of a child is eligible for parental leave but not for parental benefit.

The parental benefit is paid for a maximum term of two years. The last period of leave until the child is three years of age is unpaid. The parental benefit is 100% of the net earnings until child is 12 months old if the benefit is availed for one year. If parents choose to avail parental benefit for two years, it is 70% of the net earnings until the child is 12 months old and 40% of the net earnings until the child is 24 months. There is also a ceiling on payment of parental benefit which is equal to 3.2 times the average insured monthly income, currently LT4,761.65 (€1,379).

Although the parental leave is a family entitlement, the parental benefit is paid to one of the parents only. The benefit is paid by Social Insurance which is financed with the contributions of the employers and the insured workers.

Sources: §180 of Labour Code 2002, last amended in 2015; §18-22 of Law on Sickness and Maternity Social Insurance 2000