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 The maternity allowance shall be granted and paid for the period covering the pregnancy and childbirth leave.
 
Maternity allowance shall be granted in the following cases:
 
You have been provided with the pregnancy and childbirth leave electronic certificate (from 01.07.2010 only electronic pregnancy and childbirth leave certificates are issued via the management system of electronic incapacity for work certificates, electronic pregnancy and childbirth leave certificates (hereinafter – the EPTS)).
  • have been covered with the sickness and maternity social insurance;
  • as a result of pregnancy and childbirth leave you did not work and lost your income;
  • you have been granted the pregnancy and childbirth leave within your working period or you have been dismissed within the period of your pregnancy and childbirth leave because of liquidation, bankruptcy of the appropriate company, agency or organization or upon expiration of the appropriate agreement on employment, appointment or authorization term;
  • on the first day of the pregnancy and childbirth leave you have a sickness and maternity social insurance record not shorter than 12 months during 24 recent months
  • or you have failed to acquire the sickness and maternity social insurance record required because of:
    • o you are under 26 year old and during the accounting periods of state social insurance you were a full-time student of higher educational establishments, vocational schools and schools of general education, registered according to the established procedure, and the interval between the completion of studies (according to the document evidencing the completion of studies), becoming an insured person, does not exceed 3 months;
    • o within the period specified you were insured as an officer, servicewoman of the professional military service or statutory servant (insured upon subparagraphs 1 or 2 of paragraph 2 of Article 4 of the Law on State Social Insurance), and the interval between the service expiration and the beginning of insured period does not exceed 3 months.
  • you have applied to respective local office of Sodra within a period of time not exceeding 6 months after expiration of your pregnancy and childbirth leave.
Persons employed under author's, sports or performer's agreements and self-employed persons shall be granted a maternity leave having presented a pregnancy and childbirth certificate, provided they have no income the sickness and maternity social insurance contributions are calculated upon (more detailed information on the allocation of allowances for such persons is provided at the end of this section).
 
The sickness and maternity social insurance record includes the periods during which the sickness and maternity state social insurance contributions have been paid or had to be paid, as well as the periods during which sickness (including allowances payable by the employer during the first two days of sickness), vocational rehabilitation, maternity, paternity, maternity (paternity) allowances, allowances of social insurance of illness resulting from occupational accidents and occupational diseases, and unemployment social insurance benefits were received from the Fund.
 
In case an individual does not have the required sickness and maternity social insurance record as she/he has been on a child care leave, the sickness and maternity social insurance record shall be calculated throughout the preceding 24 month period until the child attained the age of 2.
 
Please note that the sickness and maternity social insurance record shall include the periods of employment in the European Union and the European Economic Area member-states to be proved by E104 form certificate issued by the appropriate competent foreign institutions.
 
Calculation and payment of maternity allowances
 
The maternity allowance amounts to 100 % of the allowance recipient's reimbursed remuneration. In case more than one child is born, the amount of maternity allowance shall be increased according to the number of children born per one child birth (if two children are born, the allowance amount shall be doubled, if three children are born - the allowance amount shall be tripled, etc.).
 
The amount of the insured's reimbursed remuneration for maternity allowance shall be calculated on the basis of data held in the Register of the Persons Covered by State Social Insurance and Recipients of State Social Insurance Benefits of the Republic of Lithuania (hereinafter referred to as the Register) and/or upon appropriate references issued by employers*.
 
From 01.07.2010 the reimbursed wages on which basis the amount of maternity allowance is calculated on the basis of insured income an insured individual had during successive 12 calendar months preceding the calendar month in which the pregnancy and childbirth leave began.
 
For example, for individuals who qualify for maternity allowance on 01.07.2010, the reimbursed wages shall be calculated on the basis of insured income received during the period from 01.06.2009 to 31.05.2010.
 
One's insured income includes all income received from which the sickness and maternity social insurance contributions have been paid upon or had to be paid, the insured's sickness allowances (including allowances payable by the employer during the first two days of sickness), vocational rehabilitation, maternity, paternity, maternity (paternity) allowances, allowances of social insurance of illness resulting from occupational accidents and occupational diseases as well as unemployment social insurance benefits were received from the Fund.
 
From 01.07.2010 the maximum amount of reimbursed wages is equal to a sum of 4 insured income amounts as applicable for the current year (1170x4=4680 Lt).
 
A monthly maternity allowance may not be less than one third and may not exceed a sum of 5 insured income amounts in the current year as applicable to the month of granting the pregnancy and childbirth leave.
 
The maternity allowance is payable for working days. It is payable as a lump- sum.
 
In case the maternity allowance is payable for months of two different years, the allowance recipients may decide on the way the maternity allowance shall be paid upon – as a lump-sum or by parts. If the allowance is payable by parts, the allowance part for the period up to December 31 shall be paid before December 31 and the allowance part payable for the period commencing from January, shall be paid after January 1. The way of allowance payment is to be indicated in the form for the application of non-taxable income rate.
 
In case the maternity allowance is payable as a lump- sum, non-taxable income rate shall not be applicable to the allowance part for the other months to be taxed by the income tax. The allowance recipients shall be reimbursed an overpaid tax amount having submitted to the State Taxation Inspectorate the annual income tax return for the appropriate year. In case the maternity allowance is payable by parts, the allowance part payable for the other months is payable immediately applying the non-taxable income rate.
 
The length of maternity allowance payment
 
The maternity allowance is payable as follows:
  • for 126 calendar days (after 30 weeks or more of pregnancy);
  • in case of complicated childbirth or in case more than one child is born, the allowance shall be paid for additional 14 calendar days;
  • for 56 calendar days after childbirth in case the appropriate woman prior to childbirth day has failed to use her right to the pregnancy and childbirth leave;
  • for 70 calendar days after childbirth, complicated childbirth and in case more than one child is born if the appropriate woman prior to childbirth day has failed to use her right to the pregnancy and childbirth leave;

Women who give birth to a stillborn baby after 22-30 weeks of pregnancy shall be paid the maternity allowance as follows:

  • for 28 calendar days after childbirth;
or
 
for 126 calendar days after childbirth if a child is living for 28 days and more;
  • in case of complicated childbirth and in case more than one child is born, the allowance is payable for 14 additional calendar days.
Women who give birth to a stillborn baby after 22-30 weeks of pregnancy shall be paid the maternity allowance for 28 calendar days after childbirth.
 
The insured that has adopted a newborn or has been appointed as his/her guardian shall be paid the maternity allowance beginning with the day of adoption or guardianship determination until the appropriate child is 70 days old.
 
Maternity allowances payable to women working under authors, sports or performer's agreements as well as self-employed persons
 
From January 1, 2009, persons who receive income under author's, sports or performer's agreements as well as self-employed persons (except for persons working under business licences) shall be insured for the receipt of maternity, paternity and maternity (paternity) allowances. The maternity allowance shall be awarded based on the appropriate pregnancy and childbirth leave certificate, provided that the persons concerned have the right to such allowance. The persons mentioned above shall be eligible for the maternity allowance, provided that on the day of the pregnancy and childbirth leave they have at least a 12-month sickness and maternity social insurance record within 24 recent months.
 
These persons shall be considered covered by insurance from the beginning of the social insurance period up to the insured event provided that within this period of time the social insurance contributions were paid from the amount not less than a sum of minimum monthly wages (MMW) as valid in that period. Persons who receive income under author's, sports or performer's agreements shall be considered covered by insurance not longer than for a 24-month period from the beginning of social insurance.
 
The social insurance record shall be determined on the basis of social insurance contributions paid. In case such contributions have been paid from a sum in the amount of the MMW, one-month social insurance record shall be acquired. In case contributions have been paid from a sum bigger or smaller than the MMW, the social insurance record shall be considered longer or shorter in proportion.
 
The persons mentioned above shall be considered to have acquired the sickness and maternity social insurance record qualifying for the maternity allowance, provided that before the beginning of pregnancy and childbirth leave the sickness and maternity social insurance contributions had been paid on their behalf from the insured income amount not less than a sum of 12 MMWs within 24 recent months.
 
The maternity allowance amounts to 100 per cent of the reimbursed remuneration.
 
From 01.07.2010 the reimbursed wages on which basis the amount of maternity allowance is calculated on the basis of insured income an insured individual had during successive 12 calendar months preceding the calendar month in which the pregnancy and childbirth leave began.
 
For example, for individuals who qualify for maternity allowance on 01.07.2010, the reimbursed wages shall be calculated on the basis of insured income received during the period from 01.06.2009 to 31.05.2010.
 
From 01.07.2010 the maximum amount of reimbursed wages is equal to a sum of 4 insured income amounts as applicable for the current year (1170x4=4680 Lt).
 
The persons mentioned above shall be paid maternity allowances if they have no income the sickness and maternity social insurance contributions are calculated upon, i.e. no maternity allowance shall be paid to those persons who have insured income. It shall be considered that they received income for a whole month if contributions were paid from the income amount not less than the MMW; otherwise the period of acquiring the insured income for these persons shall be considered shorter, in proportion. The allowance shall be payable to farmers without regard to their insured income.
 
When applying to “Sodra's” appropriate local office for maternity allowance it shall be necessary to provide the following documents:
  • An application to award an allowance (it may be filled out in a territorial office of Sodra or downloaded from the Sodra website (Web portal for the Insured/ Public Field/ Allowances or Services) or filed via the electronic resident service system at http://gyventojai.sodra.lt;
  • the pregnancy and childbirth leave certificate to be filled in on reverse side by the employer (employers), or a notice for the allocation of allowance (Form NP-SD), except for the persons who receive income under author's, sports or performer's agreements and self-employed persons;
  • information on the bank account the maternity allowance shall be transferred to. Please note that in the applications for the allocation of allowances and benefits only bank account numbers in IBAN format or card account numbers (comprised of 20 characters: LT and 18 digits) must be indicated, not the card numbers. If only a card number is indicated (16 characters), the allowance amounts shall not be credited.
  • an application for non-taxable income rate (NTIR) (may be filled in at the local office of Sodra or loaded from “Sodra's” Internet Website “Web Portal for the Insured” Services). If a person has the right to additional non-taxable income rate (NTIR) this right should be proved by the appropriate documents: children's (adoptive children's) certificates of birth, if the appropriate child (adoptive child) is over 18 years old and is a student of a full-time general education school, disability certificate, capacity for work certificate, etc. It is required to provide original documents or these documents' copies verified upon the established procedure. In case the allowance is being calculated based on income received under author's, sports or performer's agreements, non-taxable income rate shall not be applicable and the application for non-taxable income rate shall not be filled in.
  • Employer's certificate on wages calculated and paid within the month the pregnancy and childbirth leave has been granted in, applied NTIR, the amount of income tax calculated and paid (if the pregnancy and childbirth leave has been granted not from the first day of the appropriate month).
  • Additionally, it is necessary to provide documents evidencing the background of dismissal (the copy of the appropriate decree, resolution or agreement on employment) if the appropriate woman has been dismissed within the period of her pregnancy and childbirth leave because of liquidation, bankruptcy of the appropriate company, agency or organization or upon expiration of the appropriate agreement on employment, appointment or authorization term;
  • a document evidencing the day of graduation from educational establishments issued in regard with full-time students (applicable to the insured under 26 years old) or a reference on the termination of service by an officer, servicewoman in the professional military service and statutory servants, in case the insured applying for the allowance has failed to acquire the sickness and maternity social insurance record required;
  • in case it is applied for increased amount of maternity allowance if more than one child is born (twins, triplet, etc.);
  • * A reference issued by the appropriate employer shall contain the following information:
    • name of place of work,
    • name and surname of the insured,
    • personal number or social insurance certificate No.,
    • the insured income amount on which basis the reimbursed remuneration amount has been calculated upon (the data that has not been provided by insurers before),
    • as well as the amount of insured income covering the months of the period the reimbursed remuneration amount has been calculated upon, however, in the register of income received for the months mentioned indicated in total amount of income received within the quarter concerned.
  • The documents evidencing a respective vital record (certificate of birth, marriage) must be filed only if data contained in these documents is not available in the Residents' Register Service of the Republic of Lithuania.
The insured is to submit to the administration of the company, agency or organization (the person authorized by the employer) her certificate of the pregnancy and childbirth leave for filling in the reverse side thereof not later than within 5 working days, or a notice on the allocation of allowance (Form NP-SD).
 
Information necessary for the allocation of allowances (indicated on the reverse side of a paper certificate of pregnancy and childbirth leave) may be furnished by the insurer via the EPTS by sending an electronic document – a notice on the allocation of allowance (Form NP-SD) which must bear an electronically safe signature created using a safe signature formation equipment and attested by a valid qualified certificate; or by filling in a paper document – a notice on the allocation of maternity allowance (Form NP-SD) that is to be submitted not later than within 5 working days following an individual's appeal (Instructions for Filling and Submission of Notice on the Allocation of Allowance (Form NP-SD) (Official Gazette, 2009, No. 119-5129)).
 
For persons employed only under author's, sport or performer's agreements and for self-employed persons the reverse side of certificate or a notice on the allocation of allowance (Form NP-SD) shall not be filled in. Where such a person also works under an employment contract, the reverse side of the incapacity for work certificate (or Form NP-SD) shall be filled in by the employer under the general procedure.
 
The maternity allowance shall be transferred to the insured's personal bank account not later than within 15 working days following the receipt of all necessary documents at a local office of Sodra.
 
If you have any questions related to the terms and procedures of granting and payment of allowances and procedure of submission of required documents, please contact the respective territorial office of “Sodra”.
The addresses may be found in “Structure and Contacts”.