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March 2, 2021

Maternity leave may be sliced by half

The term during which mothers are paid the child-rearing benefit may be modified, but the amount will remain the same, the Labour Ministry, Ioan Botis, stated. The minister argued there were several options to modify child-rearing benefit regulations, Mediafax reports.

One of the options that the government is considering is slicing by half the time during which the benefit is paid, from two years to one year, according to sources. Botis added that the alternative options would be analyzed next week.

At the same time, the minister stated that the child-rearing benefit may revert to 85 per cent of the wage, that is, its June 2010 quantum, before the 15 per cent cut, but the final decision is to be made by the Ministry of Finance. Botis added that mothers who come back to work earlier than two years after giving birth may receive a RON 400 benefit. At present, mothers who decide to come back to work before the two years are up are granted a RON 100 bonus to their wage, in the form of an incentive.

Nonetheless, the proposal was criticized by several members of the Democrat Liberal Party (PDL). Sulfina Barbu, the head of PDL’s Women Organization, stated, for “Gandul”, that the proposal to reduce the maternity leave had not been debated in the party, that she doubted a proper study of the impact this decision may have on the birth rate had been conducted and that, in the absence of viable alternative solutions, she would vote against the project.

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