Any employee has the right to take unpaid leave or (force majeure leave) of up to 7 days a year if she / he deals with any family emergencies resulting from the accidents or illness of a family member, which makes the presence of the employee indispensable. The force major unpaid leave is given and controlled according to the Parental Leave and Leave on Grounds of Force Majeure Law of 2012,

In case of family emergencies the employee has to inform her / his employer the soonest possible about the decision of using the force major leave days. The employer is allowed to offer more favorable terms than the law through collective agreements or special arrangements with the employee.

An employer cannot fire an employee or give any notice of termination, during the employee’s period of force major leave. The employer cannot terminate the employment contract due to any reasons that concern the employees’ force major unpaid leave.

The employers who disregard the provisions of the Parental Leave and Leave on Grounds of Force Majeure Law of 2012 are guilty of an offense and can be fined with up to €7.500.