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Employees in Hungary now entitled to time off to prepare for adoption

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CLV Partners, one of Hungary's best specialist firms.
From 1 September 2020 employees in Hungary who are adopting a child are entitled to ten days off work during the preparatory period prior to the official adoption.

From 1 September 2020, employees are exempted from the requirement to be available for work and from work for a maximum of ten working days per year during the period of preparation to adopt a child. This change was introduced by amendments of Act I of 2012 of the Labour Code (the ‘Labour Code’).

The pre-adoption phase provides an opportunity for parents intending to adopt and the child to be adopted to meet, introduce themselves and start to get to know each other before the adoption. During this period, the living conditions of the parents wishing to adopt will also be assessed, counselling will be provided by the child protection service and, if required, a free adoption course will be conducted.

As the procedure involves a number of tasks for the employee, the legislator considered it necessary to exempt the employee from his or her work obligations during this period.

The exemption is available to both prospective parents, who are entitled to an ‘absence fee’ for this period. The exemption also applies to executive employee, whose employment agreements cannot deviate from providing it.

The conditions for claiming the exemption are defined by the Labour Code as follows:

  • The exemption from availability and work is possible based on a certificate issued by the adoption organisation.
  • An employee may claim the exemption within 90 days after the certificate is issued.
  • The employee must inform his or her employer at least five working days in advance of his/her intention to claim the exemption;
  • The employee must be exempted from work obligations on the dates specified in his or her request: it is up to the employee to determine the dates.
  • The Labour Code does not stipulate that the ten-working-day exemption should only be granted to the employee continuously, meaning that the employee may request that the exemption be granted in several installments within 90 days from the certificate described above being issued.
Marianna Csabai
Managing Partner - Hungary
CLV Partners