The unpaid leave is a right of the employee under the Labor Code. Thus, the article 54 provides that a labor contract may be suspended by agreement of the parties, if the employee has unpaid leave for study or personal interest.
For the employees in the private sector, the maximum legal duration of the unpaid leave is determined by the applicable collective labor agreement or the internal regulations, as specified in the article 153 of the Labor Code.
The unpaid leave, through the suspension of the contract, does not generate any seniority and any contribution period to the social security systems.
After the expiration of the one year of parental leave, with the allowance payment, any of the parents has the right to request an unpaid leave until the age of two years of a healthy child, according to GEO no. 111/2010 (updated). In this case, the employer shall grant the unpaid leave for a period agreed with the employee, up to the age of two years of the child, in accordance with Article 25 (1) of the Emergency Ordinance no. 111/2010.
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