Reconciling work and family life: what are the conditions in Spain?

Currently, maternity leave in Spain is 16 weeks (four months) and paternity leave is 15 days (2 weeks). “Protection during pregnancy and breastfeeding is justified for health reasons, but the work-life balance affects both women and men, and must take into account the needs and rights of children,” states the NGO, which is calling for maternity leave to be extended by 24 weeks.

Spain’s maternity leave is among the lowest in Europe and is also far behind the average leave in the EU27 (28 weeks). It is followed by Malta and Germany (14 weeks), Finland, Belgium and Slovenia (15 weeks).


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