European Parliament Committee Pass Draft to Extend Maternity Leave

David Reid
11th Mar 2010

A European Parliament committee have passed a draft leg to extend maternity leave across Europe to 20 weeks on full pay…


Current European rules give women 14 weeks leave fully paid.


In the UK, women get a year off, with the first six weeks on 90% pay, followed by 33 weeks on Statutory Maternity Pay. The rest is unpaid.


The 20-week proposals will now go before the full European Parliament in early March but there are concerns that employers could discriminate against women of a child-bearing age if the rules are passed. Many think we already have a generous enough system and that a substantial increase in maternity leave paid at full or near-full pay risks undermining this delicate balance at a time when economies across the EU can least afford it.


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