Paternity Leave Entitlement Decided by Parliament

More+Work & Careers ♦ Published: July 5, 2019; 07:48 ♦ (Vindobona)

Members of the Austrian National Council passed a resolution on the legal entitlement to Paternity Leave (Papamonat). Fathers now have the right to be granted time off. Changes have also been made to child benefit legislation.

Papamonat: Employed fathers can now take a month off after the birth of their child. / Picture: © Wikimedia Commons / Pferdeliebe [CC BY-SA 4.0]

The SPÖ, FPÖ and Liste JETZT reached an agreement in the National Council on an initiative to give fathers a legal right to a one-month leave from work after the birth of their child from 1.9.2019.

The ÖVP and NEOS, who rejected the initiative as inflexible and hostile to entrepreneurs, were not able to push through a joint proposal for more flexibility in the division of…