Some 2,751 households benefited from paternity leave after the birth of a child in 2018, a measure which cost €4m, the Luxembourg labour ministry has reported.
The Luxembourg State increased paternity leave from 2 to 10 days from 1 January 2018, following recommendations from the European Parliament concerning parental work-life balance.
Labour minister Dan Kersch (LSAP) announced the figure on Tuesday, adding that employees retain the right to paternity leave even if the employer is refused a reimbursement. According to government figures, some 346 cases were refused in 2018, mainly because employers failed to meet the deadline. Kersch further stressed that under no circumstances should paternity leave be withdrawn from the statutory leave.
Starting 3 June 2019, the process of applying for paternity leave can be carried out via the platform myguichet.lu