You are automatically covered by Barsel.dk unless employees are covered by an alternative, approved maternity/paternity scheme.
Barsel.dk reduces your salary costs when you have employees on maternity/paternity leave in addition to the maternity/paternity benefits that you receive from Udbetaling Danmark – Public Benefits Administration. When you are covered by Barsel.dk, you also have to pay contributions every quarter. If your employees are covered by a public maternity/paternity scheme, read more under the 'Public employer' tab.
To receive reimbursement from Barsel.dk, you must:
pay wages to employees during their maternity/paternity leave
be entitled to maternity/paternity benefits from Udbetaling Danmark – Public Benefits Administration.
the employee’s hourly wage must be higher than the maternity/paternity leave rate of DKK 126.89 (hourly rate including holiday pay).
Barsel.dk will pay reimbursement for a maximum of 37 hours per week - even if the employee works more than one place.
Rates for reimbursement
You can in 2024 receive a maximum of DKK 126.89 per hour from Udbetaling Danmark - Public Benefits Administration and DKK 98,38 per hour from Barsel.dk. This totals a maximum DKK 225,27 reimbursement per hour.
The reimbursement amount depends on how much you pay the employee per hour. You cannot receive reimbursement from Barsel.dk if the hourly wage is DKK 112.79 or lower.
Please note that the hourly wage is calculated by Udbetaling Danmark – Public Benefits Administration – and is less labour market contributions, payment in lieu of untaken days of holiday, etc. Barsel.dk automatically receives the information. Barsel.dk will then add 12.5 per cent holiday allowance. If you want to know more about the calculation of the hourly wage, please contact Udbetaling Danmark – Public Benefits Administration.
In order to receive the highest reimbursement rate, you must pay an hourly wage of at least DKK 200,24 (See example 1). If the hourly wage is below DKK 200,24 the reimbursement will be accordingly lower (See example 2).
See your reimbursement via self-service
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Here, you can see how long you will receive reimbursement.
Reimbursement on birth
Reserved for the mother:
4 weeks prior to expected birth
2 weeks after birth
Reserved for the father/co-mother:
2 weeks’ paternity leave after birth (inside the first 10 weeks)
3 weeks after the 2 weeks´ paternity leave (must be taken before the child reaches the age of nine)
To be shared between mother and father/co-mother:
29 weeks’ shared leave
Reimbursement on adoption
When adopting a child from abroad, both parents get 4 weeks before receiving the child
When adopting a child in Denmark, both parents get 1 week before receiving the child
To one of the parents/Shared between both
4 weeks before receiving the child abroad 2 first weeks after receiving for one of the adoptive parents
2 weeks for the other adoptive parent (inside the first 10 weeks)
3 weeks after the first 2 weeks (must be taken before the child reaches the age of nine)
29 weeks of shared leave that can be exchanged between the mother and father/co-mother
How the shared leave is divided
If both parents take shared leave, the shared leave is divided between the parents’ employers regardless of the maternity/paternity scheme they are associated with. The reimbursement is divided on the basis of when the mother and father/co-mother take the leave. If the mother, e.g., takes leave for the first 15 weeks of the shared leave, and the father/co-mother then takes leave for 15 weeks, the mother’s employer will be entitled to reimbursement for 15 weeks and the father’s/co-mother´s employer will be entitled to reimbursement for 14 weeks. If the mother and father/co-mother take shared leave at the same time, both employers will be entitled to reimbursement during the same period.
Example of distribution
If the mother and father/co-mother take maternity/paternity leave at the same time, the mother's employer will be reimbursed for 16 weeks and the father/co-mother's employer will be reimbursed for 13 weeks of the shared leave:
Reserved for the mother
2 weeks’ compulsory leave
16 weeks’ shared leave
Reserved for the father/co-mother
2 weeks’ paternity leave
3 weeks’ paternity leave
13 weeks’ shared leave
Apply for reimbursement
You must apply for maternity/paternity benefits via NemRefusion. You will then automatically receive reimbursement from Barsel.dk.
What you need to do
Apply for maternity/paternity benefits from Udbetaling Danmark – Public Benefits Administration (see link below).
Udbetaling Danmark – Public Benefits Administration will pay the maternity/paternity benefits into your account.
Barsel.dk will automatically be notified by Udbetaling Danmark – Public Benefits Administration. This means that there is nothing else you need to do to receive the reimbursement.
You will subsequently automatically receive the reimbursement in the company NemKonto – once every quarter.
Apply for maternity/paternity benefits via NemRefusion (in Danish)
You will automatically receive reimbursement from Barsel.dk once every quarter:
The reimbursement will be deposited in the company’s NemKonto
Reimbursement will be paid quarterly in arrears
Payment will take place at the end of the month following the end of the quarter.
The account statement from NemKonto will state that the payment is from Barsel.dk and state which civil registration number the payment relates to. You can see the period covered by the reimbursement in the self-service solution. You can also see there how the reimbursement was calculated.
View payments from Barsel.dk (in Danish)
Contribution - fully covered
As a private employer you are either fully covered, partially covered or not covered by Barsel.dk. The contribution rate for Barsel.dk depends on how you are covered.
If your employees are not covered by an alternative, approved maternity/paternity compensation scheme, the company is fully covered by Barsel.dk.
Contribution - partially covered
If not all your employees are covered by an alternative, approved maternity/paternity compensation scheme, the company is partially covered by Barsel.dk.
If all employees are covered by an alternative, approved maternity/paternity compensation scheme, the company is not covered by Barsel.dk.
If you are covered by a public maternity/paternity scheme, you will be partially or fully exempt from paying to Barsel.dk.
Here you can find legal guidance relevant to Barsel.dk and read about how we process your personal data.
How Barsel.dk process your personal data
In the following, you can learn more about what data Barsel.dk processes, how we process the data and your rights in that connection.