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Maternity leave extended for public sector employees

8 July 2019 - 16h48

Following a vote in favour of the law regarding maternity leave for private employees, a ministerial ruling from last Friday has lengthened it from 16 to 18 weeks for public servants and officials.

Law n°989, lengthening maternity leave from 16 to 18 weeks for women working in the private sector with the aim to “maintain balance between familial and professional life”, was voted unanimously on June 12th. Last Friday, the government also passed a ministerial ruling aiming to allow public employees to benefit from it as well. Previously, maternity leave was divided into eight weeks before the birth and eight weeks afterwards, the latter of which can now be lengthened to ten weeks. The possibility to move part of this leave until after the birth was also expanded to public employees. This ruling aims to ensure that public employees’ maternity leave is the same as their colleagues working in the private sector, starting now without waiting for the law regarding the status of state officials to be voted.

Furthermore, the Conseil national stated its intention to continue these extensions of parental leaves, with the aim to allow men to benefit from them as well. It thus announced its intention of tabling a new legislative proposal in this direction in autumn.

Julien Hoang Neter

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