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Pregnant Workers Directive


The European Parliament has this week voted through proposals that would extend maternity leave from 14 to 20 weeks on full pay and introduce a compulsory fully paid paternity leave of two weeks, despite heavy lobbying from business organisations including the British Chambers of Commerce.

The measure now has to go to the Council (member state representatives) for adoption or further amendment. It is expected that the UK will fight to reverse this, but this may require compromise elsewhere. A copy of the British Chambers of Commerce statement on this issue is available here.

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