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Guernsey considers statutory maternity leave

Pregnant woman
European women get 14 weeks paid leave, but this could be extended

Research is being carried out into whether Guernsey should introduce statutory maternity leave.

There is currently no legal obligation for employers to allow mothers to have time off after a baby's birth.

But Health and Social Services Minister Hunter Adam said it was important to move forward on social policy.

Guernsey is considering signing up to an international convention on women's rights, but issues like maternity leave must be reviewed.

The States Social Policy group will use all the information gathered in the survey to help draw up a report, which should be published later this year.

Women in Europe currently get 14 weeks of leave fully paid, although the European Parliament is currently considering extending that to 20 weeks.

In the UK, women are entitled to a year off, with the first six weeks on 90% pay, followed by 33 weeks on statutory maternity pay. The rest is unpaid.

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