The previous cabinet already came up with plans for paid parental leave. It was still based on a compensation of 50 percent of the daily wage. The Senate demanded a higher compensation, but that had yet to be arranged.
Helping young fathers and mothers
Paid parental leave should help young fathers and mothers to combine work and care, Van Gennip told RTL Nieuws. “The breadwinner often takes little leave and the person who works less takes a lot of leave. That is usually the mother. We want to balance that.”
‘Knife cuts both ways’
The knife cuts both ways, says Van Gennip. “This gives young mothers an equal opportunity on the labor market and young fathers get the opportunity to build a good relationship with their child.” Parents who have had a child before August 2 can also make use of the scheme, until the first birthday of their little one. The cabinet hopes that the threshold for taking parental leave will be lower now that the compensation is rising.
26 weeks parental leave
Currently, parents can take 26 weeks of parental leave in the first eight years of their child’s life. The government’s decision to pay for the first nine weeks of parental leave means that the remaining 17 weeks of leave will remain unpaid by law. These weeks can still be taken up to the child’s eighth birthday.
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