The suspension of a contract for the birth and care of a baby for the biological mother, (formerly known as maternity leave), shall continue to be for 16 weeks, 6 of which must be taken immediately after the baby is born in accordance with the provisions established in the Royal Decree 6/2019 dated the 1st of March, on urgent measures to guarantee equal treatment and opportunities for women and men in employment and occupation.
This Royal Decree has gradually increased the length of the former paternity leave, and its name has also been changed. When it came into force in April, 2019, 8 weeks were established and now another 4 weeks have been added to this, so from the 1st of January, 2020 leave for parents other than the biological mother comes to a total of 12 weeks. The 4 first weeks must be taken immediately and continually after the baby is born.
From the 1st of January, 2021 this suspension shall be increased once again so that it is the same amount of time as what the biological mother is entitled to, namely 16 weeks, the first 6 weeks must be taken immediately and continuously after the baby is born.