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Factsheet for case LU-2020-11/487 – measures in Luxembourg

Voluntary interruption of parental leave to resume essential professional activity

Interruption volontaire de votre congé parental

Country Luxembourg , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 11 March 2020 – 20 August 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Mobilisation of a larger workforce
Author Patrick Thill (LISER) and Eurofound
Case created 11 April 2020 (updated 03 May 2020)

Background information

Parental leave legislation has been regarded in Luxembourg as a fundamental policy to address certain employment challenges. During the current COVID-19 crisis and based on the current March 2020 COVID-19 grand-ducal legislation with the objective to keep essential services functioning, the government decided in March 2020 to change the currently applied parental leave legislation, which gives parents the opportunity to interrupt the leave during the COVID-19 period for professional reasons.

Content of measure

Due to the current situation related to the coronavirus COVID-19, parents are exceptionally allowed to interrupt the current parental leave schemes for the following reasons:

  • if it is a professional obligation;
  • if there is a necessity to resume professional activity.

The interruption is regarded by the government to be motivated by an external cause, so that allowances already received are not to be reimbursed by the concerned parents.

At the end of the interruption, subject to the agreement of the employer if you are an employee, take the portion of the parental leave remaining at the time of the interruption.

To request the interruption of parental leave, a form has to be completed and send to the Children's Future Fund (Caisse pour l'Avenir des Enfants - CAE).

Use of measure

No information are disclosed on how many parents benefit by the temporary framework.

Target groups

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

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

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

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Consulted Consulted
Form Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal

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

  • Social partners jointly
  • Main level of involvement: Sectoral or branch level



Views and reactions

Social partners are not reported to be directly involved. However, as it is usually the case, they are involved through their respective professional chambers when assessing a draft legislation during the legislative procedure.



Eurofound (2020), Voluntary interruption of parental leave to resume essential professional activity, case LU-2020-11/487 (measures in Luxembourg), 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.