There is now a draft law for the planned introduction of a two-week paid break for partners after the birth of a child. Content is the introduction of an entitlement for dependently employed partners to paid leave for a period of ten working days directly after the birth of the woman, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Family Affairs confirmed on Saturday on request. The draft is in the departmental approval process. The ARD capital studio had previously reported on the draft submitted by Minister Lisa Paus (Greens).

When a child is born, the woman’s partner should be able to take two weeks off with pay. In the vast majority of cases, this exemption applies to fathers. If you want to opt out after the birth, you have to take vacation or parental leave to do so. In any case, mothers are paid paid leave for a certain period of time after childbirth due to the statutory rules on maternity leave. The SPD, the Greens and the FDP had agreed on the plan for a paid two-week leave of absence for partners in their coalition agreement.

At the beginning of the year, Paus said that the federal government wanted to support parents’ desire for a partnership-based division of tasks with the exemption. According to the ARD report, the exemption should also apply to single parents. They can therefore name another person from their environment instead of the second parent. The costs for the exemption should not be financed by the employer, but by a pay-as-you-go system, as the ARD further reported with reference to the draft law available to it.

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