What are the maternity and paternity leave regulations in Spain?

In Spain, maternity leave lasts 16 weeks, with the first six compulsory for the mother post-birth, and paternity leave is matched to support shared parenting. Both leaves are compensated through social security, calculated from previous earnings.


Additionally, Spanish law allows parents to work reduced hours for childcare purposes until the child turns 12, maintaining salary proportions.


During maternity and paternity leave in Spain, employees receive their pay through the social security system, based on their average contributions. Maternity and paternity benefits cover 100% of the regulatory base salary, ensuring parents can take time off without significant financial impact. This arrangement supports family welfare and encourages both parents to utilize their leave entitlements fully. 


These provisions underline Spain's commitment to balancing professional life with family responsibilities, ensuring both parents can actively participate in early childcare while securing their employment rights.

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