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EU plans to increase maternity leave on thin ice

By Angela Harbutt
December 6th, 2010 at 3:30 pm | 1 Comment | Posted in Uncategorized

Word on the street is that MEPs look set today to dismiss parliaments plans to increase maternity leave from the current EU minimum of 14 weeks to 20 weeks, (all of which would be on compulsory full pay).

In the first bit of good news for businesss we’ve seen for a while, Ed Davey (Employment Relations minister) is quoted as saying that the proposals would be “socially regressive” and “extremely costly to business and also to the public purse”….”I will be lobbying against these costly and regressive proposals today and making our case to member states – I know that many of them already share our concerns“.

And by jove he is right! Go Ed. The noises coming of Brussels suggest the voices of reason may win this one.

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