Council Rejects Parliament's Push for Increased Maternity Leave.

December 7 2010

On 6 December, EU social affairs ministers have decided during their Council meeting in Brussels to reject demands of the European Parliament regarding an increase in the minimum standards of maternity leave. The Council is expected to publish its common position in 2011.

The European Small Business Alliance (ESBA) welcomed the Council's conclusions. ESBA President Tina Sommer said: ''We all want adequate, flexible maternity leave but it should be for governments in dialogue with parents and their employers to decide how much their economy can afford to give and how it is to be delivered. These proposals should be about setting minimum EU standards for the health and safety of pregnant workers - not adding new payroll costs for overburdened companies and national social security systems.''

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