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Commenting article: Bulgarian Mothers Want Paid Maternity Leave of 410 Days

The Bulgarian NGO "Association of Current and Future Mothers" (SNBM) issued Thursday a statement insisting on the inclusion of a number of demography-related measures in the 2009 Budget.

In the first place, the mothers' association demands that the Parliament uphold the proposed increase of the paid maternity leave from 315 days to 410 days, and that the respective funds be included in the 2009 Budget.
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#1
Hairydave - 21 Nov 2008 // 00:37:59

I've got to say, this is just silly. If the govt. adopt the measures then young Bulgarian females can kiss employment goodbye.
High ideals have to function alongside cold reality.

#2
DP - 20 Nov 2008 // 19:42:36

Just me,
This stunt is just part of the annual show the young mothers of Bulgaria have been putting in the last couple of years. It is the thing to do now.
Wonder if the traffic jam is as big as the one caused by the Kremikovtsi employees?
This is the question;-)

#3
just me - 20 Nov 2008 // 19:14:43

Holy cow! That's a ridiculous demand in comparison to any country in the world. I wouldn't advocate copying the US model of allowing only 12 weeks unpaid leave under the Family Medical Leave Act, which is a pain in the arse to invoke, but the proposed 410 days is unbelievable in a country where pensions leave the elderly cold and hungry. Companies could discriminate based on inconvenience, but it appears that the mothers are demanding that the government actually pay the benefit rather than the employer, based on their reference to the budget.

I found this interesting table that compares parental leave policies in various countries. http://www.childpolicyintl.org/issuebrief/issuebrief5table1.pdf , in case anyone's interested.

#4
CreepyS - 20 Nov 2008 // 19:01:30

I think the paid maternity leave of 315 days as it is now is already quite a long one by the EU and the US standards.

And of course viking is right - if an employer sniffes that the woman he or she wants to hire has the intention to get pregnant soon, in most cases the employer will find some official reason to not hire that woman but the unofficial one is of course that no one likes to pay salary to people who dont actually work for what they are paid for if they are absent for more than 3 months or so.

#5
viking - 20 Nov 2008 // 18:26:15

The down side to this is that if an employer has a choice between a woman of child bearing age or a man or older woman, where is the incentive to hire the younger woman?
These people are asking to be discriminated against and should protest for better and cheaper daycare or find other options that do not penalize employers.
Unless, I am missing something?

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