Right to part-time work to care for a child with severe developmental disabilities

This right can be exercised by one of the employed or self-employed parents, and the amount of compensation is calculated depending on whether the parent is employed or self-employed

Time-based support

One of the employed or self-employed parents after the expiration of the right to parental leave or during its use or after the expiration of the right to parental leave, based on the findings and opinion of the competent expert body according to the regulations on compulsory health insurance, has the right to work part-time and continue the exercise of this right after the child turns eight, as long as the need persists, and based on the findings and opinion of the Institute for Expertise, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment of Persons with Disabilities, provided that both parents are employed or self-employed, before the exercise of the right, as well as for the entire period of use of the right.

Financial support

An employed parent of a child with severe disabilities who exercises the right to work part-time is entitled to a financial compensation calculated in the amount of paid salary minus the calculated and suspended pension insurance contributions, advance income tax and surtax on income tax in accordance with special regulations, which they earned by working part-time in that month, all according to a certified document of the employer on the paid salary.
A self-employed parent of a child with severe disabilities who exercises the right to work part-time is entitled to a financial compensation calculated in the amount of 50% of the tax base for calculating compulsory health insurance contributions valid for the basis on which the parent is registered for compulsory health insurance and for the period to which the fee refers according to the regulations on compulsory insurance contributions, i.e., 50% of the selected higher monthly tax base for calculating contributions, provided that the application of the higher base starts at least six months before the exercise of this right, according to the Tax Administration.

Specificities and special conditions

The decision on the recognition of the subject right is based on the expert-medical opinion of the Institute for Expertise, Professional Rehabilitation and Employment of Persons with Disabilities, which decides, based on the accompanying medical documentation, on the existence of severe developmental disabilities of the child, and the recognition of the right depending on that judgement may be given for a certain period of time (6 months, 12 months, etc.).
 
Also, the employment, i.e. self-employment status of both parents shall be confirmed upon the beginning of the exercise of this right, as well as during its use. In addition, the beneficiary of part-time work to care for a child with severe developmental disabilities shall report to the Croatian Health Insurance Fund all changes that affect the use of the recognised right (loss of the status of an insured person in compulsory health insurance, termination of employment or self-employment of the parent using the right, i.e. other parent, acquisition of the right to a leave for one of the parents for another child, acquisition of a caregiver parent for the child for whom the leave is being used etc.) within 8 days from the day of the occurrence of that circumstance. If they fail to do so, they shall compensate the state budget for the incurred damage and the realised undue income, with the corresponding interest within 8 days from the day of receiving the written notification from the Croatian Health Insurance Fund about the established circumstances.
 
Also, the fulfilment of the conditions of insurance period (which is described under maternity leave) shall be confirmed, and if it is not fulfilled, the cash benefit amounts to 309,01 EUR, or 70% of the tax base.
The right to work part-time to care for a child with severe developmental disabilities is exercised by an employed or self-employed parent, provided that they work full-time and that the other parent is not unemployed according to employment regulations, or if they live alone with the child in a joint household. (e.g., single or divorced parent).
 
As an exception, the possibility of exercising the subject right is envisaged despite the fact that the other parent is unemployed, provided that they are not able to provide the necessary care to the child due to their psychophysical condition. The stated impossibility of the other parent to provide the necessary care to the child is determined by the medical commission of the Institute.
 
Furthermore, beneficiaries of the right to work part-time may experience temporary incapacity or incapacity for work or they may use annual leave as one of their employment rights. In that case, the beneficiary, regardless of whether the temporary incapacity for work or vacation lasted the whole month or only part of the month, receives financial compensation in the same amount as in the previous month.