Maternity leave and additional
In order to obtain maternity allowance available for the period of maternity leave and the additional period of maternity you must submit to ZUS the following documents:
- request for maternity leave along with an indication of its duration,
- a short copy of the child's birth certificate (for the period after giving birth) or a medical certificate issued on normal form specifying the expected date of birth (for the period before child birth)
- the completed ZUS Z-3B form (includes details of the bank account to which maternity allowance will be transferred).
In order to obtain maternity allowance for a period of parental leave, the entrepreneur must submit to ZUS the following documents:
- the request for parental leave together with an indication of the period,
- a short copy of the child's birth certificate,
- the completed ZUS Z-3B form,
- a declaration from the applicant that he does not intend to benefit from the other parent of the child allowance in the period covered by the application.
The ZUS has 30 days to examine an application. If the application is approved, the ZUS does not issue a decision - maternity allowance is paid to you from the outset on the account number given in ZUS Z-3b form.
Transfering leave to the child's father
Remember that after the compulsory 14 weeks of maternity leave, you (as the mother - entrepreneur), under the same conditions as the mother receiving maternity allowance under the contract of employment, can give the remaining part of the leave to the child's father (maximum 38 weeks).
Automatic transferring of the maternity leave entitlement (without using by the mother of the child 14 weeks of compulsory maternity leave) to the father of the child or other family member occurs as a result of the death of the mother, abandonment of the child or, where the child's mother is incapable of living independently.
A precondition to benefit from maternity leave is being subject to sickness insurance by a family member.
Irrespective of the decision concerning the mother's maternity leave, the father of the child is entitled to paternity leave of 14 days which must be used until the child has reached the age of 2.
In order to receive the allowance for the period of paternity leave an entrepreneur who is the father must submit to ZUS the following documents:
- a request for payment of maternity allowace for the period of paternity leave, together with an indication of its duration (the request must be submitted before the date of use).
- a short copy of the child's birth certificate.
- a completed ZUS Z- 3b form.
- a declaration that maternity allowance for the period of paternity leave has not been collected for other purposes.
An example of the content of the request for granting of leave (when requesting an annual allowance) >.
I request for granting maternity leave for a period of 20 weeks, 6 weeks of additional maternity leave and 26 weeks of parental leave in connection with the birth of [... date of birth... name of the child...].
I declare that the father of the child, father's name, optionally PESEL number...]. will not use parental leave
The birth of a child abroad
In order to be granted and receive maternity benefit in respect of the birth of a child during a stay abroad such document is required:
- for the period before the birth - a certificate from the foreign medical establishment, or a foreign doctor indicating the expected date of birth bearing the name of a foreign medical establishment or name and surname of a foreign doctor with the date of issuance and signature
- for the period from the date of giving birth — a short copy of the birth certificate of a child or the foreign child's birth certificate.
You have to know that ZUS does not require translation into Polish of medical certificates and children's birth certificates issued within the territory of a Member State of the European Union, a Member State of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) — parties to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or of the Swiss Confederation, and the States Parties to international agreements in the field of social security, which the Republic of Poland is a party, in the official language of those States.