Working Mothers in Slovenia

Does the Law have provisions on maternity leave? Yes
What is the duration of maternity leave? 15.0 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 18 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? Paid
What is the total duration of parental leave? 260 days
What is the wage replacement rate for parental leave? 100 % 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:

Maternity leave is 105 calendar days (15 weeks). A mother has to take 15-day obligatory leave. Of these 15 weeks, the pre-natal leave is four weeks while the post-natal leave is 11 weeks.

If a mother gives birth to a dead child, she is entitled to 42 days of maternity leave after child birth. If a child dies during maternity leave, mother is entitled to pre-natal leave as well 42 days post natal leave. After the death of child, mother is entitled to 10 days of maternity leave.

If a mother has left the child at birth or after birth, she is entitled to maternity leave of 42 days after the day of birth. If a mother has left the child during maternity leave and has already used 42 days of maternity leave, she is no longer entitled to maternity leave from the following day after which she left the child.

Parents adopting children are entitled to parental leave as other parents (as provided under the parental leave)

sources: §19-24 of Parental Protection and Family Benefits Act

During the term of maternity leave, workers are entitled to 100% of the average basic income on which parental leave contributions were paid during the 12 months prior to the leave. There is no ceiling on the benefit during leave. However until the year following the year in which economic growth exceeds 2.5 per cent of GDP, the maximum benefit cannot exceed 200% of the national average wage. The benefit during maternity leave ranges between 55% of the minimum wage and two times (200%) the national average wage. Until the year following the year in which economic growth exceeds 2.5% of GDP, the ceiling on payments for maternity leave has been reduced from 2.5 to 2 times the average wage in Slovenia under Act on Emergency Measures in the Field of Labour Market and Parental Care 2013.

sources: §40-47 of Parental Protection and Family Benefits Act; §3 of the Act on Emergency Measures in the Field of Labour Market and Parental Care 2013

More about parental leave:

Parental leave used to be a family entitlement and its duration was 260 calendar days. However, in 2014, parental leave has become an individual entitlement with each parent entitled to 130 days of leave. Mother is entitled to transfer 100 days of her entitlement to the father as 30 days are mother's exclusive right. Fathers are allowed to transfer all 130 days of parental leave to the mother. Parental leave is extended by 90 days (for each parent) in the event of multiple births, adoption of twins or two differently aged children under the age of three years. In the case of the birth of a child in need of special care, child care leave is extended by an additional 90 days on the basis of the opinion delivered by the medical board.

A part of child care leave of not more than 75 days of duration can be transferred until a child completes first grade of the primary school.

Leave is extended by 30 days if parents already have at least two children who have not yet completed the first grade of primary school; by 60 days if they have three such children; and by 90 days if they have four or more such children. Parental leave is paid leave and workers are paid 100% of their income during the term of parental leave. The amount of compensation lies between 55% of the minimum salary and 250% of the national average wage.

sources: §29-47 of Parental Protection and Family Benefits Act