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(Sep 30, 2013) The Swedish government, on September 24, 2013, presented a budget package to the Parliament (Proposition (Prop.) 2013/14:14, REGERINGSKANSLIET.SE (Sept. 24, 2013)) that includes legislation to grant working parents paid benefits when staying home from work with their child. The benefits would be applicable for use up until the child's 12th birthday. The current legislation, which gives parents 460 days to use for time with their children as they see fit, only allows for such paid leave up until the child's 8th birthday. (Svensk Författningssamling [SFS] 2010:110 Socialförsäkringsbalken [Social Insurance Act], Ch. 12 § 13, Swedish Parliament website.)
The purpose of the new legislation is to accommodate parents who need to take care of older children during school holidays and school vacations. (Föräldrapenning till tolv års ålder – men högst 96 dagar fårtas ut när barnet fyllt fyra, DAGENS JURIDIK.SE (Sept. 25, 2013).) The legislation would add a requirement that the parent care for the child in a manner suitable to the child's age. (
Parents who share custody would also share the days, leaving them to sign over their rights to the other parent if they are unable to use those days. This move was explained as designed to make it easier for parents to take an equal amount of time off from work. (
Prepared by Elin Hofverberg, Foreign Law Contractor, under the supervision of Edith Palmer, Chief, Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Division II.
|Author:||Edith Palmer More by this author|
|Topic:||Families More on this topic|
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Last updated: 09/30/2013