The European Parliament this week passed new legislation to expand paternal leave after the birth of a child and paid parental leave, and though The Netherlands opposed European interference in what it sees as a national issue, the country will definitely comply with the rules when adopted, confirmed Social Affairs Minister Wouter Koolmees. It will expand on the paid leave already offered in The Netherlands if agreed by European Council.
From next year the partner of a new mother will get five days' paid leave after the birth of their child, Minister Wouter Koolmees of Social Affairs and Employment announced on Wednesday. Currently partners only get two days of paid leave after the birth of their child, NOS reports.
The Dutch social economic council SER wants to combine maternity leave and paternity leave into one arrangement in which both parents get six weeks' paid leave after the birth of a child, NU.nl reports.
The different conditions and ways of financing that currently apply to maternity and paternity or partner leave are too complicated and insufficient, according to the council.
PvdA (Labour) MP Keklik Yucel wants an extension paid parental leave in the Netherlands to six months after the birth of a baby, of which two months would be allocated for the child's father. Yucel will raise the issue in Wednesday's parliamentary debate with Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher.
This week the European Parliament worked on getting the same parental leave into the law for all European Union countries. This would benefit Dutch fathers, who currently only get two paid days leave at the birth of a child.
Fathers will gain the right to a work week off immediately after the birth of their child. Minister Asscher of Social Affairs will announce on Thursday that brand new dads get three additional days off. However, the fathers will have to pay for these days themselves.