Parental leave allowance
Parental leave allowance (or parental leave allowance ) was the form of parental allowance that existed in Austria from the 1960s to the end of the 1990s. In 2000 it was replaced by the child care allowance,
The parental leave allowance was intended as a family policy transfer payment for young mothers who did not want to return to work immediately after the maternity allowance had expired. It was limited to a year. As a lump sum, it was initially around 1,000 schillings a month, but it was linked to a previous employment relationship. Over the years it rose to around 4,000 shillings. If the mother was previously the sole breadwinner, it was around 40% higher.
The parental leave allowance was later extended to 18 months, or to 24 months if the father stayed at home for at least six months to look after the child (“ paternity leave ”). In party and social policy this form was criticized, among other things, that it
- Disadvantageous and single mothers
- Disadvantageous mothers without a previous employment relationship (especially self-employed , farmers and students ).
Therefore, under the motto “parental allowance for everyone”, it was replaced in 2000 by the Schüssel I government with childcare allowance , which no longer restricted the group of recipients.