Paid Maternity Leave Extension Strongly Opposed8 December 2010
The European Parliament’s proposed 20 weeks of maternity leave at full pay will be opposed by Edward Davey, Minister for Employment Relations, at the EU Employment Council meeting.
- Arguments for the opposition include:
- Considerable and unacceptable costs to EU State Members during a recession;
- Seen as ‘socially regressive’ as the highest earning women will benefit the most (the current UK’s standard flat rate of maternity pay of £124.88 per week);
- The proposal will make it harder to develop systems of shared parental leave.