Female employees receive a combination of maternity leave and childcare leave in Serbia that covers one year. Maternity leave begins 28 to 45 days before the estimated date of birth and continues until three months after the birth. After the maternity leave ends, the mother is entitled to childcare leave, which lasts until 365 days have passed since the start of her maternity leave. A woman who has two children is entitled to a combination of maternity and childcare leave totaling two years for her third child and any additional children. Nursing mothers are entitled to breaks or a shortened workday to allow time for breastfeeding.
During maternity and childcare leave, the employee receives her average salary over the past 12 months, up to a maximum amount set by law. If she works on a fixed-term contract, the contract is automatically extended to the end of the leave. A parent on maternity or childcare leave may not be terminated under normal circumstances.
A father receives five days of paid paternity leave for the birth of his child. He is only entitled to additional paid paternity leave in exceptional circumstances.