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Gov't to retroactively restore maternity leave to three years

Hungary's government has decided to reinstate three-year maternity leave with retroactive effect, a senior official told a news conference on Thursday.

Miklós Soltész, state secretary for family and youth affairs, said mothers who were currently on maternity leave, and originally expected a two-year arrangement, would be able to take advantage of the reinstatement of the three-year rule.

In addition, the government has decided that mothers who return to work part-time will only get maternity payments if they work a maximum of four hours a day.

Under the previously long-standing maternity system in Hungary, mothers were able to keep their jobs while taking out a three-year leave of absence to care for their newborns, while maternity payments declined each year. (MTI-Econews)