Who is eligible for parental leave in Germany?
Parental leave is granted to parents, usually after maternity and paternity leave, allowing mothers and fathers to take care of their young children without losing their jobs. Such a policy exists in all EU Member States and in Germany it is called Elternzeit and Elterngeldgesetz. The Elternzeit is the parental protection, and Elterngeldgesetz stands for paid parental leave. The policy design and eligibility rules vary across the EU and not all women and men in the EU are eligible for parental leave.