Question from Kia, Can a New Employee in Spain Request Breastfeeding Leave and Is There a Minimum Length of Service Required for Paid Leave?
Answer from AI:
In Spain, the law provides certain protections and rights to employees who are breastfeeding. However, these rights and the eligibility to exercise them can depend on various factors, including the length of service in the company.
Right to Breastfeeding Leave
According to the Workers’ Statute in Spain, all employees, regardless of their length of service, have the right to take a daily break of up to one hour for breastfeeding a child under nine months old. This break can be divided into two halves and is considered as a paid working period. Alternatively, the employee can reduce their workday by half an hour with the same purpose.
Length of Service and Paid Leave
As for the minimum length of service required to request paid leave, it depends on the type of leave. For instance, maternity leave requires a minimum contribution period to Social Security, but breastfeeding leave does not.
Maternity leave in Spain is regulated by the General Social Security Law. To be eligible for maternity leave, the employee must have contributed to Social Security for a minimum period, which varies depending on the age of the employee. For employees under 21 years old, no minimum contribution period is required. For those between 21 and 26 years old, the minimum contribution period is 90 days within the seven years immediately preceding the leave or 180 days throughout their working life. For employees over 26 years old, the minimum contribution period is 180 days within the seven years immediately preceding the leave or 360 days throughout their working life.
It’s important to note that each case can have unique circumstances, and the interpretation of the law may vary. Therefore, it’s recommended to consult with a legal professional for personalized advice.
Moreover, employees should communicate with their employers about their intentions to take breastfeeding leave or any other type of leave. This communication should ideally be in writing and should be done as early as possible to ensure a smooth transition and to allow the employer to make necessary arrangements.