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Factsheet for case LU-2020-22/988 Updated – measures in Luxembourg

Pandemic-related parental leave in order to take care of children under 13

Congé pour raisons familiales lié à la pandémie Covid-19 couvrant la période du 25 mai 2020 au 15 juillet 2020

Country Luxembourg , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 25 May 2020 – 17 July 2021
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
Case created 13 July 2020 (updated 12 May 2021)

Background information

The Government has drawn up a specific measure 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

The parental leave could be taken if:

  • The child was born on or after 1 September and is dependent on the applicant.- Schoolchildren under 13 years of age whose school is closed for crisis-related reasons and who cannot be cared for either by a childcare facility or by a third party relative.
  • A child who is vulnerable regarding the CMI recommendations (respiratory, cardiac or immunosuppressive pathology).

A new application for family leave must be submitted even if you have already made an application with the form that was put online on 30 March 2020.

Parents of children with disabilities aged 13 to 18 (or up to 25) are eligible for family leave if they receive the additional special allowance for disabled children from the EAC.

The extraordinary Family Related Leave (FRC) (COVID-19) is time-limited and will not impact the balance of the normal FRC. It is treated separately from the normal FCP. Claimants could be: The COVID-19 pandemic compassionate leave applies to parents who are:

  • employees, or;
  • self-employed

and are parents of a child referred to above.

If other persons can take care of the child, whether the parents or another member of the household, the parent is not entitled to family leave.


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

02 April 2021

The government has extended the application of Articles 4 to 7 of the Parental Leave Act of 22 January 2021 until 17 July 2021 (publication in the Memorial of the Act of 2 April 2021).

Use of measure

At the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis in March 2020, the cost of the scheme was estimated at €47.6 million last. Nevertheless, the State is envisaging a total expenditure of around €280 million. A sum divided in two: €222 million for the period from mid-March to 25 May (date of resumption of the basic and childcare facilities), and the other €60 million from the end of May to the end of the school year on 15 July 2020. No other information available.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Parents in employment
Applies to all businesses Parents

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 Unknown Informed
Form Not applicable Not applicable

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

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown



Views and reactions

Not available.


  • 20 May 2020: Covid-19 pandemic-related compassionate leave covering the period from 25 May 2020 to 15 July 202 (
  • 28 December 2020: Applying for leave for family reasons in the context of the COVID-19 pandemi (
  • 13 January 2021: Pas de prolongation pour le congé pour raisons familiales (
  • 02 April 2021: Extension of parental leave (


Eurofound (2020), Pandemic-related parental leave in order to take care of children under 13, case LU-2020-22/988 (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.