Parental leave for self-employed workers
From 2016 the parental leave for self-employed workers who will therefore have the right to paid parental leave. The Jobs Act therefore guarantees greater protection for VAT-registered and self-employed workers and aims to promote better reconciliation between family and work.
Let’s see what it is
Parental leave of both parents
All parents who have a child up to 6 years of age for a maximum of six months can apply for optional leave, if both mom and dad request it, the period cannot exceed 10 months. Ten months is also the maximum limit in case the child has only one parent.
There remain some substantial differences between parental leave for self-employed and dependent workers. The latter can enjoy paid leave of up to the child’s six years, while self-employed professionals are entitled to six months paid only up to the child’s 3 years of life. And even in this case there are important distinctions to be made:
the parents of the children born in 2016 may apply for paid parental leave of six months up to the child’s 3 years of life
parents of children born in 2015 they will only be entitled to three months of paid parental leave in the first year of the child’s life
Another important note: it is not mandatory abstain from work during compulsory and optional maternity leave to receive the allowance. The employment contract between the client and the self-employed worker remains alive but suspended: the worker is not obliged to work and the client is not obliged to pay it, but the contract remains in force pending the return of work to his business.
How to apply for parental leave for self-employed workers
The application must be submitted by connecting to the INPS website by accessing the “Online services” section with your Pin and then “Services for the citizen”. The question can be found in the section on income support benefits.
Babysitter and nursery vouchers
Another novelty contained in the 2016 Stability Law always concerns self-employed workers and entrepreneurs who will be able to apply for the Baby Sitter and Nursery Voucher. The benefit will be of 600 euros per month for three months (for employees it is six months) which will be used to support the cost of the babysitter or the nursery fee.
The novelty was in the air and was confirmed by the allocation of two million euros but to actually make the request we will have to wait for the decree of the Ministry of Labor and Social Policies scheduled for the end of February.
The request for the voucher excludes the possibility of requesting optional leave as well.