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Optimisation of leave arrangements after the birth of a child

Summary and recommendations of the SER advisory report: Optimalisering verlof na geboorte kind, 16 February 2017 (2018/01).

In its advisory report A working combination. Combining work, study and care in the future, the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands announced that it would undertake further research on the proposed optimisation of leave arrangements in the first year after the birth of a child. It would now like to share its most recent findings.

The Council has focused on the plans set out in the coalition agreement to extend paternity leave/ partner leave by three days (paid by employers at 100 percent of earnings) and to introduce a supplementary paternity leave/ partner leave of five weeks (an earning-related payment at 70 percent of earnings funded by the unemployment fund, which is financed by employers).

In issuing this advisory memorandum, the Council is also responding to the House of Representative’s request for an opinion on the optimisation plans.


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