Around 40% of Czech fathers take paid-paternity leave

Analysis

Since February 2018, fathers in the Czech Republic have taken a total of 150,000 short-term paid leaves from work following the birth of their child, data of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and the Czech Statistics Office show, according to a report by Czech Radio.

The seven-day leave, which allows fathers to claim up to 70% of their salary, was introduced in order to encourage father's early involvement in caring for young children. Since then, some 350,000 children have been born in the country.

Under a new EU directive, paid paternity leave in the Czech Republic has to be extended to 10 working days by August 2022.

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