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Factsheet for case CY-2020-12/296 – measures in Cyprus

Special paid leave for the caring of children

Ειδική Άδεια για την Φροντίδα Παιδιών

Country Cyprus , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 16 March 2020 – 30 April 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Income protection beyond short-time work
– Support for parents and carers (financial or in kind)
Author Loucas Antoniou (INEK) and Eurofound
Case created 06 April 2020 (updated 08 May 2020)

Background information

The measure is implemented within the bundle support programme of the Republic of Cyprus of budgetary nature dealing with Covid-19 crisis and under the sub-category 'support of workers and vulnerable groups' - Degree 127 of the Quarantine Law, chapter 260. The special leave will be implemented for four weeks* excluding public holidays, at this stage, because of the suspension of the operation of private and public schools and child care facilities. The measure provides for financial allowances to the beneficiary parents.

  • On Wednesday 8 April, the President of the Republic announced the decision of the Cabinet to extent all the measures taken by the Degrees of the Minister of Health up until 30 April 2020. The Minister of Health undertakes, currently, a legal and technical processing of these measures.

Content of measure

The measure covers parents in the private sector, whose nature of work does not allow teleworking or work from home or flexible working schedules and there is no other support at the household. The leave is attributed to the eligible parents with children up to 15 years of age in agreement with the employer and after the submission of the relevant application to the Ministry of Labour. For parents with disable children, the leave is granted irrespective of the age of their children. The measure covers only one of the parents within a household. It excludes parents receiving unemployment allowances or participate in the government's programme for the suspension of work, unless the other partner has been affected by the virus or is a person with a disability or is in compulsory isolation.

It covers parents with a salary up to €2,500. The eligible parent receives as an allowance the 60% of the first €1,000 euros of his/her salary and a 40% of the other €1,000. The maximum amount of the allowance is €1000 per month. For single parents, the analogy is 70% and 50%, respectively, and the maximum amount of the allowance is €1,200.

Use of measure

The budget available for this measure is €20 million and the number of potential beneficaries is 50,000 persons.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Parents in employment
Does not apply to businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Social partners jointly
Trade unions
Employers' organisations
Company / Companies
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative
Form Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies Consultation through tripartite or bipartite social dialogue bodies

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Social partners jointly
  • Main level of involvement: Peak or cross-sectoral level



Views and reactions

The government has consulted the social partners - trade unions, employers' organizations and all political parties - and the outcome emerged is on an agreed base.



Eurofound (2020), Special paid leave for the caring of children, case CY-2020-12/296 (measures in Cyprus), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.