DA-Barsel is a scheme that compensates companies for the cost of maternity/paternity leave.

All private sector companies in Denmark must be covered by a maternity/paternity compensation scheme. DA-Barsel is a maternity/paternity scheme, established by collective agreement, for companies organised under the Confederation of Danish Employers, DA, that have not set up their own maternity/paternity compensation scheme.

Companies covered by DA-Barsel are eligible for full or partial reimbursement when employees are on maternity or paternity leave. The company – not the individual employee – is covered by DA-Barsel and is eligible for reimbursement.

The objective of the scheme is to compensate companies for the cost of maternity/paternity leave.

Management and administration

DA-Barsel was set up as an independent legal unit following the collective bargaining round of 2004.

DA-Barsel is managed by a Supervisory Board consisting of the members of the Supervisory Board of the Confederation of Danish Employers. The Chairman of the Confederation of Danish Employers is also Chairman of the Supervisory Board. DA-Barsel is to be self-supporting, and it is not supposed to generate a profit.

An administrator appointed by the Supervisory Board of DA-Barsel is responsible for day-to-day operations.

Gitte Fensten Madsen, Head of Customer Service and Administrator of DA-Barsel.