Maternity and paternal rights

Parents that are active on the labour market have a right to be granted maternity/paternity leave and parental leave according to Act No. 95/2000. The same applies to parents who are self-employed and to parents who are not active on the labour market and parents attending full-time educational programs as to receiving a maternity/paternity grant.

The aim of the Act is twofold:

  • to ensure children’s access to both their parents 
  • to enable both women and men to co-ordinate family life and work outside the home.

Employers are obliged to make efforts to meet workers’ wishes with regard to the taking of maternity/paternity leave.

See also: Maternity/Paternity Leave Fund


Vinnuréttarvefnum er skipt upp í nokkra meginkafla sem hver um sig fjallar um flest sem viðkemur íslenskum vinnurétti, og umgjörð íslensks vinnumarkaðar.

  • Vinnuréttur
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