Call for longer paid maternity leave in town

Government subsidies or maternity insurance should go to enterprises, especially micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, to be paid to female employees during maternity leave, which has been extended to two months, local policy advisers proposed on Tuesday. annual session.

Last May, China announced that married couples could have up to three children to promote balanced long-term population growth. Since then, several parts of the country have extended maternity leave by at least 30 days to encourage child-rearing, including Shanghai, which now provides 60 days of maternity leave.

During maternity leave, mothers’ wages still have to be paid by their employers, which can be a heavy burden for small businesses.

Led by Cao Yanchun, vice-dean of the Faculty of Law of Shanghai Maritime University, the proposal suggests that measures could be taken in the Pudong New Area on a trial basis to ease the economic burden on businesses and balance business interests and women’s employment. .

“Since it requires legislation and the city congress is able to pass laws specific to the Pudong new area, it may be faster and more convenient for Pudong to have a trial run and expand it. later to other districts,” Cao said.

Depending on the proposal, maternity leave pay can be covered by maternity insurance or government subsidies. The government can reward companies that employ women of childbearing age or those with children in various ways, such as tax breaks and grants.

The “breastfeeding leave” for fathers to care for their families, which is now only 10 days in total, should also be extended, according to the proposal, pointing out that part of the maternity leave of female employees could be reduced and given to husbands.

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