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Czech government approves paternity leave

Fathers will be entitled to one week paid paternity leave after the birth of a child.

By BOHEMIST STAFF

PRAGUE – Czech fathers will be entitled to one week paid paternity leave in a series of new social security amendments that passed the chamber of deputies  last week.

The amendments to paternity leave are part of a wider range of new legal minimums for leave allowances.

Fathers will be entitled to 70% of their pay for the week leave that may be taken anywhere in the first six weeks after the child has been born. Further amendments will be implemented beginning next year that would allow new parents to total up and split the maternity and paternity leave benefits between them as they see fit.

According to studies and data from assisted reproduction centers in the Czech Republic, men are increasingly postponing parenthood to a later age than twenty years ago.

Twenty three out of the 28 European Union countries have paternity leave schemes in place.

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