If you want to take parental leave for a long-term period, you must apply two months in advance. When applying for pregnancy benefit, parental benefit, temporary parental benefit and paternity leave, always send your application to Försäkringskassan (the Swedish Social Insurance Agency).
You may apply for a transfer if you are pregnant and have a physically demanding job or work at a computer screen. You must apply at least a month in advance. If SLU cannot transfer you, you have the right to leave with full salary deduction. You may receive pregnancy benefit from Försäkringskassan for a maximum of 50 days, starting from the 60th day at the earliest up until the 11th day before your due date.
When you have a baby or adopt a child, you have the right to leave with full salary deduction for the days you receive parental benefit from Försäkringskassan – currently a maximum of 480 days. You are permitted to take your leave starting from the 60th day (applies to the mother only) before the due date and up until the child turns eight or completes first grade. If the child is born on 1 January 2014 or later, you may receive parental benefit up until the day the child turns twelve or when the child completes fifth grade of primary school.
As of 1 April 2007 there is a local agreement on parental pay. Parental pay comprises 10% of the current daily salary. It applies for a maximum of 360 days.
Temporary parental benefit
You may receive temporary parental benefit from Försäkringskassan for a maximum of 120 days to take care of an ill child. You may take 60 days if the ordinary caregiver or the child is ill. The remaining 60 days can only be taken if the child is ill. You may also receive temporary parental benefit if the child needs to see a doctor or similar, or if the other parent has a doctor’s appointment with a sibling. In general, the child needs to be under 12 years of age and a doctor’s certificate is required after the 8th day. Temporary parental benefit is calculated per child and calendar year. You are on leave with full salary deduction. You can transfer your days of temporary parental benefit to another person, e.g. a grandmother or sister.
10 days upon the birth of a child
The father or other parent may stay at home with full salary deduction for ten workdays. This applies if you receive temporary parental benefit from Försäkringskassan. Your ten days need to be used within 60 days from the time the child came home.
You may take 10 contact days per child and per year for children who are covered by the Act Concerning Support and Service for Persons with Certain Functional Impairments (LSS). You may take the days from the time of the child’s birth until the child turns 16.
Other types of childcare
You may take full leave until your child turns 1½. You may also reduce your working hours up to 25% until the child turns eight or completes their first year of school. If SLU approves your application, you are permitted to reduce your working hours up to the end of the school year when your child turns 12. You must work 40% at a minimum.