With Poland suffering from one of the world’s lowest birthrates, Prime Minister Donald Tusk has outlined his agenda to boost the population via extended maternity leave.
In an address to Parliament, he unveiled a commitment to introduce a six-month maternity leave at full pay next year with an option of 12 months at 80% pay. Enterprises that invest in day care centres would also receive government subsidies.
The Polish president has shown support to PM Tusk’s plans, but said that flexibility was key. He suggested that parents be able to divide the six months’ leave as they deem fit, even breaking the leave up into smaller periods during a child’s first four years.
A proposal will be ready for stakeholder consultation by the end of this month.
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