Parenthood & PhD

Your rights concerning parenthood as an employed PhD

Everyone with an employment is entitled to:

  • Pre- and post-natal maternity leave
  • Adoption and Foster Care Leave
  • Partner leave
  • Additional Partner Leave
  • Paid and Unpaid Parental Leave

In case of questions you can always contact your Human Resources department.

Breastfeeding or pumping during working hours

Every mother has the right to breastfeed her child or pump milk during working hours for the first 9 months after birth. Mothers are allowed to lactate as often and long as necessary, to a maximum of 25% of their working hours. Employers have to provide for a hygienic and lockable room at the office for this purpose.

Pregnancy and work: work-related risks

Are to planning to get children or are you pregnant? Do also consider possible risks at work. This is applicable to men as well as to women. If there are risks - such as dangerous chemicals, risks for infection, irregular working hours, physically heavy work, unhealthy stress, extreme physical circumstances, or radioactivity - protective measures are necessary.

Childcare benefit

Does your child go to a childcare centre? If you have an employment, you may be entitled to the childcare benefit. This is a contribution towards the costs of childcare.

From 2021 on, scholarship PhD candidates are not entitled to childcare benefits from the Dutch Tax Administration. Until 2021, scholarship PhD candidates with an employed benefit partner could apply for childcare benefit. Since 2021, this changed and scholarship PhD candidates with an employed benefit partner are not entitled to childcare benefit anymore. If you already received childcare benefit in 2020, a transition period of 1 year applies to you and you will still receive childcare benefit in 2021. But from 1 January 2022 on, you will no longer receive the benefit.

In case of question you can always contact your Human Resources department.