Working Fathers in Netherlands

Does the law require paternity leave for new fathers? Yes
What is the total duration of paid paternity leave at the time of delivery? 2 days
What is the wage replacement rate for paternity leave? 100 % of normal wage
Who pays for paternity leave? Employer
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? 182 days
What is the wage replacement rate for parental leave? 50 % of normal wage
Who pays for parental leave? Employer
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:

In the four weeks after their partner has given birth, male or female employees who are partners of a woman giving birth or who acknowledge the child may take two days of fully paid paternity leave. In addition to these two working days, employee is entitled to one day paid leave for the day of delivery (if that is a working day) and one day to register the birth at the municipal office. A collective agreement may provide for a longer paid or unpaid leave. The paternity leave is paid by the employer. The worker can extend paternity leave by unpaid parental leave, of which three days are unconditional - the employer cannot refuse (§4:2 and 6:5 (4). The workers intending to take paternity leave must inform the employer of their intention to do so as early as possible. The paternity leave is paid by the employer.

Sources: §4:2 of the Work and Care Act of 16 November 2001 (Wet arbeid en zorg)

More about parental leave:

Employees are entitled to 26 weeks (26 times the weekly working hours) of parental leave until a child reaches the age of 8 years. The 26-week parental leave is per child and thus with multiple births increase accordingly (52 weeks leave for twin births and so on). Parental leave is individual and non transferable however both the parents can take parental leave at the same time.

A worker with full time job of 36 hours per week is entitled to 26 weeks (936 hours) of parental leave. Parental leave cannot be taken full time unless the employer agrees. It is usually taken as part time. The above referred worker thus may work 50% of his normal working time (18 hours) for 52 weeks. Employees are entitled to take parental leave for a shorter period of time than 12 months or to extend it to a longer period or breaking the leave into blocks of at least one month each. However, these requests may be refused by the employer for serious business related reasons. The parental leave is unpaid leave however parents qualify for a tax credit (available only till 1 January  2015). 

A worker is also entitled to 04 weeks of uninterrupted leave for adoption of a child or a foster child. The entitlement to adoption leave starts four weeks before the date of adoption and it must be taken within 26 weeks of adoption.  If more than one child is adopted simultaneously, the right applies only to one child. The employer must be notified at least three weeks before the date of adoption. The adoption leave may be interrupted if that is possible for the employer.

Each adopting parent is entitled to four weeks of paid leave (applicable to long-term fostering), with payment equivalent to maternity benefit. A collective agreement may provide for additional paid or unpaid adoption leave.

sources: Chapter 6 (Parental Leave) of the Work and Care Act of 16 November 2001 (Wet arbeid en zorg)