Working Fathers in Lithuania

Does the law require paternity leave for new fathers? Yes
What is the total duration of paid paternity leave at the time of delivery? 30 days
What is the wage replacement rate for paternity leave? 100 % 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? 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

More about paternity leave:

New fathers are granted a paternity leave from the day of birth of a child until the child reaches the age of one month. In order to be entitled for maternity benefit, a person must be insured for maternity and sickness social insurance; granted child care leave before the child is one month old and has accumulated until the first day of paternity leave at least 7 months' insurance coverage during the last 24 months. Paternity benefit is paid for the period of paternity leave (day of childbirth until the child is one month old). During the term of paternity leave, workers are entitled to 100% of their average income.

sources: §179 of Labour Code 2002, last amended in 2015; §4 & 18 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