Maternity allowance is a salary-replacing benefit entitled to a parent who is eligible for maternity leave. The amount of this allowance is determined in accordance with the salary of the parent who is taking the maternity leave.
- Men who replace their spouse/partner in a portion of the maternity leave may be entitled to a paternity allowance.
- The total period of leave due to both spouses can not exceed the maternity leave period of allowance in which the mother was entitled to, despite her replacing part of the leave with her spouse/partner.
- Paternity allowance will be calculated on the basis of his income in the three months prior to the 1st of the month in which the maternity leave begins.
- The amount of maternity/paternity allowance is up to a maximum of 1459.50 NIS per day as of 01.01.2014, and is also true for 2015 ( 1432.33 NIS previously).
Who is Eligible?
- A man who replaces his spouse/partner for a portion of maternity leave (if it is a married couple or Common Law Married Partners (co-habitors)), will be entitled to maternity leave when all of the following conditions are met:
- The father is an employee who is eligible for maternity leave from his employer or he is a self-employed worker who stopped working on the occasion of the maternity leave.
- 'His paternity leave began after a period of six weeks from the day of the birth' '.
- He was paid the National Insurance contribution from his income as an employee, or he has paid his national insurance contribution from his income as a self employed worker, for 10 out of 14 months or for 15 out of 22 months, preceding the day he went on paternity leave.
- If the mother is entitled to 14 weeks of maternity leave. (If the mother is entitled to 7 weeks of maternity leave, her spouse/partner can not replace her maternity leave and will not be entitled to maternity allowance).
- The mother has confirmed in writing that she waives a portion of her maternity leave and has returned to work during the period in which she has waived the maternity leave.
- The paternity leave lasts at least 21 consecutive days.
- In a case in which the mother is unable to care for the child because of her health (according to doctor's instructions), the father can replace her for any period throughout the maternity leave, but in any case his leave must be for at least 21 consecutive days.
- A biological father whom does not live with the mother of the child, even if he is in a partnership with someone else, could claim paternity allowance under certain conditions . For details he should contact the National Insurance Institute branch closest to his home.
How to Claim It?
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