Working Fathers in Bulgaria

Does the law require paternity leave for new fathers? Yes
What is the total duration of paid paternity leave at the time of delivery? 15 days
What is the wage replacement rate for paternity leave? 90 % of normal wage
Who pays for paternity leave? Government
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? 183 days
What is the wage replacement rate for parental leave? 90 % 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

More about paternity leave:

New fathers are entitled to paternity leave under Labour Code. Fathers are entitled to a 15-day paternity leave on the birth of a child as from the date of discharge of child from the hospital.

Paternity leave is paid leave and 90% of the average daily wage or of insured income is paid to the worker during the term of paternity leave. Paternity leave is funded through state public insurance. A worker must have twelve months of insured employment to qualify for paternity leave.

sources: §163.7 of Labour Code 1986, amended in July 2015; §1, 41, 48, 50(6) of Social Security Code of 2003, last amended in 2014

More about parental leave:

Under the earlier law, After use of the pregnancy leave, child birth or adoption leave, a female worker was entitled to additional child care leave until the child reached two years of age for the first three children (from fourth child onwards, entitlement was 6 months for each additional child) if the child is not placed in a child care establishment. With the amendments in Labour Code in 2015, this limit on the number of children has been removed. Now a worker is entitled to additional child care leave until a child reaches the age of two years if he/she is not placed in a child care establishment.

During the term of parental leave, no wages are paid. However, if parental leave is considered part of maternity leave (of 410 days), workers are paid 90% of their wages for at least 183 days of parental leave (after a child is six months of age). The wages are paid through State Public Insurance.

sources: §163 & 164 of Labour Code 1986, amended in July 2015; §1, 41, 48, 50(7) of Social Security Code of 2003, last amended in 2014