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Unemployment and Parental leave

I have a few question.

First, I'm currently pregnant. And me and my boyfriend currently live in different cities so we have decided to move together to start a new family. For this reason I will have to quite my job at the end of this year. I understand that this is not a valid reason for quitting my job. Then I will have the 45 days suspension. Can you confirm?

Secondly, once I get the a-kassa benefit, how this can or will affect the "föräldrapegnar" or vice versa.The due day for my baby to be born is May. So after I moved and I become unemployed I will go in to parental leave.

Finally, if I'm going to be in a "föräldraledigheten", is it needed for me to look for jobs?



  • Hej Maria!
    Thanks for your post. First, congrats to the pregnancy.

    • Yes, if one leaves ones job to join a partner, one gets 45 suspension days. And after that there is 2 mandatory days of ”karens”. This means that one doesn’t get any benefit for 10 whole weeks and one day if full time unemployed.
    • The a-kassa doesn’t effect the ”föräldrapenning” and one can get each benefit at the time. If you have specific questions you should talk to Försäkringskassan.
    • And last, when one is unemployed one has to look for job activly. When one is föräldraledig one only has to take care of the baby.

    Read more about parental leave and a-kassa at akademikernasakassa.se

    Good luck with the baby and your search for a new job.
    Vänliga hälsningar, Annika
    Annika S
    (Uppdaterad )
  • Hi Annika!
    Quick question on this topic, to ensure I understand it correctly: does this mean that if my wife finishes her contract in her job and starts A-kassa, but delivers a baby in the process of looking for another job, lets say after 50 days of unemployment, she would then "freeze" her remainder unemployment days, go on maternity leave and still have 250 days of unemployment benefits when she comes back?
    Just a hypothetical but I want to understand.

    Thanks and regards,

    Pablo V.
  • Hello Pablo!

    Correct! If you're wife will be unemployed after the parental leave she can resume her period of benefits.

    Kind regards, Anna
    Anna W
  • Hello,

    On the same topic, is it true also for whoever takes parental leave or only for the birth mother?

    Thank you,
    Tommaso B.
  • Hello Tommaso!

    Same rules apply to both mother and father.

    Kind regards, Anna
    Anna W

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