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Austria grants one month of paternity leave


Any employee making the request will be compensated up to 700 euros by social security. The measure has so far only benefited officials.

Austria now allows men to go on paternity leave for a period of one month. Since Sunday 1st September, any employee making the request will be compensated up to 700 euros by social security. The measure, introduced in 2017, previously only benefited public servants, as private employers could refuse such lay-off.

To encourage its male citizens to leave, this country of 8.8 million people conditioned the aid to an immediate take of the leave, subsequent to the birth. Proposed by the Social Democrats and voted also by the extreme right, despite the resistance of economic circles, the amendment was carried by women representatives in trade unions. Lesbians whose partners have conceived a child by assisted procreation, adoptive homosexual couples and foster families are also able to claim this new right.

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Minimum standard of ten days

Legislation on the subject is rapidly evolving at the international level, as the European Union introduced in April a minimum standard of ten days of paternity leave, remunerated up to the sickness benefit in each Member State.

In May, Wall Street fathers had a big win after JPMorgan bank paid $ 5 million to male employees who felt they were being discriminated against on the basis of gender. In France, a petition signed by 160 personalities claimed in September 2018 the introduction of compulsory paternity leave aligned with maternity leave. Currently, a French employee is entitled to a maternity leave of sixteen weeks, of which eight are mandatory, while an employee only has an optional paternity leave of eleven days.

For their part, the Spaniards have extended in the spring the paternity leave to two months, thus aligning with the Nordic countries, which offer the most generous systems. As for Switzerland, paternity leave does not exist.

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Source: lemonde

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