Who should apply?
You may be entitled to salary from your employer during your maternity leave. Trade union agreements usually specify whether you are entitled to salary for the entirety of the leave, for some of the leave or not at all. This determines who is responsible for sending the application to Barsilsskipanin. See below.
- If your employer pays your salary for the entirety of your maternity leave, you should not make an application at all. The employer does this.
- If your employer pays your salary for a part of your maternity leave, you should apply for maternity allowance for the period when you are not paid.
- If you do not get paid from your employer during your maternity leave, you should apply for maternity allowance for the entirety of your leave.
See the current trade union agreements on the websites of Føroya Arbeiðsgevarafelag, Fíggjarmálaráðið and Kommunala Arbeiðsgevarafelagið in the links to the right.
If you are uncertain about what your contract says about maternity pay or if you don't know who is responsible for applying, you must ask your employer or your trade union. Barsilsskipanin does not advise on these matters.