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Extended Maternity Leave, and its Impact on Businesses

Published: September 27, 2013 | 8:34 pm
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Protecting women’s rights, or disrupting businesses? Employers have reacted negatively to the legislative changes in the public sector which will increase the length of maternity leave. The changes were initiated by the Chairman of the Health Committee Dimitri Khundadze, and will increase maternity leave from 477 days to 730 days. Accordingly, the length of the paid leave will increase from 126 days to 183 days, while in case of difficulties in the birth-giving process, or the birth of twins, the length of the paid leave will be 200 days, instead of the previous 140. Dimitri Khundadze has told TV3 that the legislative changes will not endanger businesses. According to him, the birth rate is currently low, and the changes could save the country from a demographic catastrophe.
In response, the Vice-President of the Association of Employers Davit Kordzaia has stated that the legislative changes have been rushed, and will have a negative impact upon businesses. The latter have not been consulted by the Health Ministry prior to the decision being made, according to Mr. Kordzaia.

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