My answer is partly based on the assumption that you and your family
are entitled to social security coverage and Kela benefits already, as you have been working in Finland for the few last years. If not, I would suggest that you are in contact with our phone services
As a posted worker
you are usually entitled to social security coverage and Kela benefits whilst on assignment abroad, for the period stated in your A1 certificate. You don't need to notify Kela of your posting separately, as the Finnish Centre for Pensions informs Kela directly of the A1 certificate. You can request an S1 certificate from Kela by submitting a message online or by calling our phone services
Family members to a posted worker are also usually entitled to social security coverage and Kela benefits during the posting, but as they are not eligible for an A1 certificate, they will have to notify Kela of the temporary relocation themselves. The notification can easily be submitted online
, or through the form Y38e
Once your wife starts working for a Finnish employer after her maternity leave she will have to apply for an A1 certificate herself. I would suggest being in contact with The Finnish Centre for Pensions
concerning the application process, as they usually suggest that one applies for the certificate well ahead in time before one starts working abroad.
The parental allowance
can be split in the way that you suggest. A requirement for the partial parental allowance is that both parents have a contract of part-time (40%-60%) employment with their employer lasting at least two consecutive months during the period of parental allowance. You can read more about the allowence and the requirements here
Your wife can, as you suggest, claim the maternity allowance until the end of December and then submit the upcoming applications later on. It is also possible for her to apply for the whole period at once. This is up to her/you to decide. Please notice, that the maternity allowance should be claimed no later than 2 months before the expected due date. Later, you can both, through new application forms, claim the partial parental allowances. However, as the processing times
in international situations sometimes tend to be a bit longer than in national situations, I suggest that you claim the benefits well ahead in time before the parental leave is set to begin. You don't need to specify, in your first application for the partial parental allowance, on which date you will switch from working 60%-40% to 40%-60%. This you can inform Kela of through a new application, submitted at least one month ahead of the change.
On this forum, we can only provide you with general information, and therefore, I cannot give you answers that are more detailed than the ones above. If you have further questions, I recommend you to call our international situations number
. This way we can discuss your personal situation in more detail.
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