Maternity Allowance – Protection for self-employed workers and assisting spousesFriday, March 19th, 2010
Also on 8 March 2010, the EU Council adopted its first-reading position on a draft Directive aimed at improving the social protection of self-employed workers, with a view to removing disincentives to female entrepreneurship. It also seeks to improve the social protection of “assisting spouses”, who often work in the self-employed sector without enjoying the corresponding rights.
The text includes a proposal for self-employed women, assisting spouses and life partners of self-employed workers, such as farmers’ wives, to be granted a maternity allowance enabling them to interrupt their occupational activity for at least 14 weeks. The decision on the amount of the maternity allowance will be left to the discretion of the member states.
The Council’s first-reading position will be forwarded to the European Parliament for second reading.
Council strengthens social protection of self-employed workers and assisting spouses
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