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Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Parental leave rules explained

EUROPEAN MPs have backed a draft law that would extend maternity leave to 20 weeks on full pay, but the French government is against the proposal because of its cost.

The plan was approved at first reading by MEPs in Strasbourg. Ministers from each member state will now debate it in the Council of Europe.

Fromer family minister Nadine Morano is against the increase, which she estimates would cost the French social security system an extra €1.3bn a year.

She says the EU should instead look at ways of allowing couples to share their leave time as they see fit, because “fathers today want to be a bit more involved”.

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