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Mon, 09 Nov, 2015 12:03:37 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Nov 9
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The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK) has suggested that Finland should follow the example of Sweden by extending the paternity leave to three months.
Currently, the paternity leave in Finland can last for nine weeks, while in Sweden the leave duration will become three months from the turn of the year.
According to SAK’s estimation, the extension of paternity leave would cost 50-100 million euros. The funding for the extension of paternity leave could be obtained by increasing employers’ and employees’ health insurance contributions.
SAK economist Ilkka Kaukoranta said the extension of paternity leave would increase equality at the work place. A longer paternity leave would help mothers get back to work quickly.
“The extension of paternity leave allowance would hardly reduce work. Instead, it would shorten the period of child-raising allowance which is now mainly used by women,” Kaukoranta said.
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