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…

Employment law shared maternity leave


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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