Extended maternity leave to 9 months

Government spokesman Yannis Ikonomou reported on the consideration of the relevant bill.

The increase in maternity leave will now be 9 (up from 6 before) months for women working in the private sector. The draft law was submitted for public discussion last Thursday.

Giannis Ikonomou talks about streamlining insurance legislation and strengthening vulnerable social groups in a Twitter post. He points out that at the same time, “the plan provides for an increase in special (maternity) maternity leave from 6 to 9 months for mothers working in the private sector as employees.”

The bill was submitted last Thursday for public comment by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and includes measures to implement the social package announced by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis at the ΔΕΘ conference.

Recall, as the Athens News previously wrote, maternity leave and the simultaneous payment of maternity benefits for mothers will be increased. Currently, working mothers are entitled to a special six-month maternity leave (τοκετού-λοχείας) and after the adoption of the new regulation, it will increase to 9 months.

The right to receive special additional leave for maternity protection is exercised by submitting an application from the recipient of the benefit herself (or through a representative) to the competent service of the ΟΑΕΔ.

During the aforementioned special leave, ΟΑΕΔ is obliged to pay the working mother a monthly amount equal to the minimum wage determined each time, as well as a share of holiday gifts and vacation pay.

As for vacation pay, the employer pays the difference from the share of vacation pay paid by ΟΑΕΔ, while the payment of both wages and vacation pay occurs in parallel with the realization of the employee’s right to regular annual leave.

And the obligation of the employer to pay Easter and Christmas gifts is limited to the period before and after six months of special maternity leave, which is granted in accordance with the provisions KYA 19040/1981.

The time of special leave for maternity protection is counted as an insurance period in the pension department of the EFKA. ΟΑΕΔ is required to pay defined contributions to the pension sector.

The right to receive special additional leave for maternity protection is exercised by submitting an application from the recipient of the benefit herself (or through a representative) to the competent service of the ΟΑΕΔ.

During the aforementioned special leave, ΟΑΕΔ is obliged to pay the working mother a monthly amount equal to the minimum wage determined each time, as well as a share of holiday gifts and vacation pay.

As for vacation pay, the employer pays the difference from the share of vacation pay paid by ΟΑΕΔ, while the payment of both wages and vacation pay occurs in parallel with the realization of the employee’s right to regular annual leave.

And the obligation of the employer to pay Easter and Christmas gifts is limited to the period before and after six months of special maternity leave, which is granted in accordance with the provisions KYA 19040/1981.

The time of special leave for maternity protection is counted as an insurance period in the pension department of the EFKA. ΟΑΕΔ is required to pay defined contributions to the pension sector.



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