MATERNITY BENEFITS

Employed and self-employed parents

 An employed or self-employed pregnant woman, that is the mother, may use the maternity leave from the 28th, or at the earliest 45th day before the day of expected birth (in case of complications during pregnancy) until the 70th day after the child’s birth. This is the compulsory part of the maternity leave used by the mother of a child and, in certain circumstances, it may be used by the father (for example, in case of mother’s death).

An additional maternity leave lasts until the child reaches 6 months. During that period, the mother can return to work and transfer the leave to the father of the child.

  • The financial support for a maternity leave for employed or self-employed parent who meets the requirement regarding insurance periods is 100% of the basis for salary compensation calculated in accordance with compulsory health insurance regulations. If the requirement regarding the insurance periods is not met, the financial support amounts to 70% of budget basis (HRK 2,328.20).

 

Beneficiaries who receive other income, farmers outside the income tax or revenue tax system, unemployed beneficiaries

These parents are entitled to maternity exemption from work until the child reaches 6 months.

 

Beneficiaries outside the work system

These parents are entitled to maternity care for a child in the same duration.

  • Financial support for maternity exemption from work and maternity care for the child amounts to HRK 2,328.20 per month.

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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

If you are an employed or self-employed parent, the condition to obtain the salary compensation during the maternity leave in the amount of 100% of the basis for salary compensation is subject to a completed insurance period in duration of 12 months of continuous insurance, or 18 months with interruptions during the last two years. If this condition is not met, you are entitled to a reduced amount of the compensation.

The insurance period is a period realised based on salaried employment or independent employment, and salary compensation after termination of the work realised under the compulsory health insurance regulations.

If you are a parent who earns other income or a farmer outside the income or income tax system, you must have a permanent residency or approved permanent residence permit as a foreigner in Croatia in duration of at least 3 years.

If you are an unemployed parent, you must also be registered with the Croatian Employment Service for a prescribed period of time.

If you are a parent outside the work system, you must have a permanent residency or approved permanent residence permit as a foreigner in Croatia in duration of at least 5 years.

All categories of beneficiaries must have a regulated compulsory health insurance in the Croatian Health Insurance Fund.

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