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Euro MPs back 20-week maternity leave plan

25 October 2010 #Employment


In a first reading, the European Parliament has voted on the European Commission`s proposal to reform the 1992 Maternity Leave Directive, increasing the minimum period of maternity leave from 14 to 18 weeks and paying women 100 per cent of their salary during maternity leave.

Euro MPs in fact backed a controversial draft law to extend maternity leave to 20 weeks on full pay and make that mandatory in the EU.  One assessment said the 20-week proposal could cost UK businesses an extra £2.5bn (2.8bn Euros) a year.

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