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Factsheet for measure LU-2020-11/571 Updated – measures in Luxembourg

Stricter rules on leave for family reasons in connection with the Coronavirus epidemic

[Mise à jour] Congé pour raisons familiales lié au coronavirus

Country Luxembourg , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 13 March 2020 – 18 October 2021
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Income protection beyond short-time work
– Support for parents and carers (financial or in kind)
Author Patrick Thill (LISER) and Eurofound
Measure added 13 April 2020 (updated 17 November 2021)

Background information

In order to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the Government has drawn up a specific form for those parents who have to look after their child(ren) under 13 years of age, so that they will be able to benefit from leave for family reasons. The employee under this measure benefits from the full salary paid the CNS.

Legal background: Labour Code, Book II, Title III, Chapter IV, Section (Code du travail, Livre II, Titre III, Chapitre IV, section 7.Amended Grand-Ducal Regulation of 10 May 1999 , Introducing parental leave and leave for family reasons (Règlement grand-ducal du 10 mai 1999 définissant les maladies ou déficiences d'une gravité exceptionnelle en application de l'article 15, alinéa 2 de la loi du 12 février 1999 portant création d'un congé parental et d'un congé pour raisons familiales. Mémorial A 58 , 27 mai 1999.

Content of measure

Leave for family reasons can only be taken if no other childcare options are available. If necessary, parents may alternate their leave for family reasons. In this case, each parent must send in a separate form to their employer as well as to the children's future fund. The measure is limited in time, that will not affect the balance of the regular for family reasons and is treated separately from the regular balance of leave for family reasons until the end of the suspension period for all school and childcare facility activities.

Following conditions must be fulfilled: One of the parents (employed, in a non-salaried activity, self-employed) who is affiliated to the Luxembourg social security scheme of one or more children under 13 years of age on condition that they are schooled and are concerned by the temporary closures of teaching structures in primary and secondary education, vocational training, childcare. If another member of the household can provide for the care, e.g. because said person is benefiting from short-time work during the period of leave for family reasons applied for, then the parent of the child cannot benefit from leave for family reasons. Moreover, both parents (or spouse) cannot take leave for family reasons at the same time.

These limitations do not apply in the case of telework that remains work performed from home and during which the parent cannot provide care for the child.

The government decided that this COVID-19 related measure for families will be extended beyond the Etat the crise until the 25 of November 2020. The leave for family support ends however if the approved childcare structure notifies the Minister that it has resumed all or part of its activities and that there is a place available in the approved service for the concerned child.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

15 September 2021

The provisions for leave for family reasons in connection with the COVID-19 are extended until 18 October 2021 (government decision dated 15 September 2021)

Use of measure

No information is available yet.

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 No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

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

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown


No involvement.

Views and reactions

no informtion available



Eurofound (2020), Stricter rules on leave for family reasons in connection with the Coronavirus epidemic, measure LU-2020-11/571 (measures in Luxembourg), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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