Family law’s new eight-week parental leave must be paid to comply with European law and must be implemented by August 2024, Employment Secretary Joaquin Pérez Rey said on Tuesday. This is also protected by the ministry responsible for the norm, which is “working” on it, sources under the leadership of Ione Bellara explain.
This leave was included in the family law, which was recently approved by the Council of Ministers, but which came from the executive without pay, unlike other collected ones, which are paid.
The State Council, as well as the CCOO and UGT trade unions, have warned that this new permit for parents of minors under the age of eight must be paid in order to comply with the 2019 European Reconciliation Directive, which it seeks to transpose.
In addition to complying with European minimum requirements, the Union Centers also emphasized that otherwise, the measure could harm women, who benefit most from measures aimed at care and reconciliation.
An overview of the parliamentary process
The Secretary of State for Social Rights, Nacho Alvarez, sent it a few days ago in the interview It is on this opinion of the State Council that they claim that the eight-week leave should be paid, “which may be partial”, indicate from social rights.
To that end, his department, as well as “other government ministries” are working to “parliamentarily process” the legislation with other political groups and parliamentary groups that make up the coalition executive to craft an amendment that could incorporate the change, these sources added.
In the past, some members of the socialist branch of the executive branch have been cited as obstacles to making this pay standard. Now, Secretary of State Nacho Álvarez has indicated that “all the ministries” are working “to guarantee that the transposition of the directive is fully carried out,” he told 20 Minutes.
Source: El Diario