Proposal to extend birth leave for partners to 6 weeks!
In April 2017, the European Commission announced its proposal to introduce a mandatory paid ten-day paternity leave scheme within the EU. This was already the norm in many EU countries, but not in the Netherlands. In the meantime, the Dutch Minister of Social Affairs and Employment has submitted a legislative proposal for the introduction of Additional Birth Leave (in Dutch: “Wetsvoorstel Invoering Extra Geboorteverlof, WIEG”) for internet consultation. The legislative proposal contains an extension of the current paternity leave from 2 days to one work week and introduces the possibility to take up additional birth leave for a duration up to five weeks. In this newsletter we briefly outline the most relevant proposed changes.
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