Paid Maternity Leave Extension Strongly Opposed

8 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.