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Progress made on paternity leave for self-employed
Paid parental leave for self-employed fathers in Belgium has moved a step closer to becoming a reality.
The federal parliament's economy committee has unanimously approved a bill first put forward by Ecolo MP Gilles Vanden Burre, after the government gave its backing.
The law aims to put a stop to the different treatment of employed and self-employed fathers when a child is born.
It means self-employed men will be eligible for 10 days of paid paternity leave, which is voluntary and can be taken in 20 half-day chunks any time in the four months after birth.
The bill also introduces paid time-off for the self-employed - both men and women - to deal with unforeseen family circumstances. The allowance is a maximum of eight days and includes entitlement to 15 free service vouchers to pay for home help.