|Does the law require paternity leave for new fathers?||No|
|Does the law require parental leave for parents?||Yes|
|Does the law provide for paid or unpaid parental leave?||A mix of both|
|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:
Paid Paternity leave is not provided for in German legislation. Employers have no obligation to provide paid or unpaid leave to the new father following the birth of a child. But in Germany, there is paid maternity leave. Maternity allowance is paid by the statutory health insurance during the protection period before and after childbirth (usually 6 weeks before the birth and 8 weeks after delivery , in case of premature or multiple births 12 weeks after childbirth ) and for the day on which the child was born. The maternity allowance shall not exceed 13 Euros for the day. The employer has to pay the difference between the maternity benefit and the net wage.
Source: §13 & 14 of Maternity Protection Act
More about parental leave:
Workers are entitled to parental leave for their natural or adopted child. Under § 15 of the Federal Parents Education and Parents Allowance Act (Bundeselterngeld- und Elterngeldgesetz - BEEG) parents of a newborn child can claim up to three years of time off to take care of their child. This time off can be claimed by the mother and father simultaneously or individually. Employees who take time off under this Act are permitted to work up to 30 hours per week (i.e., part-time) during this period with either their current or another employer. The worker must not work during the parental leave, though they have the possibility to work in this time, but not more than 30 hours. The right to parental leave exists for each child, until he/she turns 3. The postnatal maternity leave period is counted against the maximum parental leave period. A part of the parental leave - up to 12 months - can be postponed with the employer’s permission until the child’s 8th birthday. Parental leave may be taken - also proportionally - by each parent (or otherwise entitled person) or by both parents (entitled person) at the same time.
Additionally, ''Parental Allowance Plus'', is also available for parents of children born on or after 1 July 2015. This allowance gives employees the right to receive the parental allowance from the government for a period of up to 24 months or, if both parents decide to take parental leave, parental allowance can be shared between the parents for a period of up to 28 months.
During parental leave, but principally only for 12 months, state pays 67% of the average monthly income, up to a ceiling of € 1,800. This percentage is increased in case the person received an income of less than € 1,000. Parental allowance amounts to at least € 300. If both parents take parental leave, the state pays for 14 month.
Source: §1, 2, 12(2), 15(1-4) & 16 of the Parental Allowance and Parental Leave Act