Indeed. In Sweden, they have a full year paternity leave with decreasing pay but only by up to a 25% or 50% reduction. Moreover, fathers can defer and accumulate their paternity leave, for life, if they return to work sooner.corac2 wrote:Hi all
I know the government made some changes to maternity leave in 2008. Just wondered whether there is any talk/sign of further policy change to make life easier for fathers? 6 days infant care seems very low indeed.
It's ANNE, SMS, I'm not Anna and the King of Siam.sundaymorningstaple wrote:Nope. No changes on the horizon. The increase from 2 to 6 days has only been in effect for I believe 2.4 years. The government here is not that enlightened yet. Only lip service. That's way there is still no employee protection for those earning more than 2K or legal recourse for minority job discrimination. Only "best practices" but no laws with teeth. That's why nothing really changes here. However, on the "mother" side they did increase it an additional month so at least it's better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.
Anna, I'd be curious to know what is Sweden's income tax structure like, comparatively speaking.
My pleasure. If you're working for a UK company, you coud negotaite for a UK paternity package which is a month long? As far as the Singgovt's not paying, I don't think they'd be bothered about any other kinds of leave, including French leave. No doubt SMS can shed more light on this.corac2 wrote:Thanks both... My husband and I are negotiating a move to Singapore but really would like for him to have at least UK-length paternity leave. (He'd be working at a UK company based in Singapore). It would make Singapore an even more attractive place to move to if the government could catch up with world trends!
When I was working in Singapore,1999 - 2002, my tax was 1%, I believe.sundaymorningstaple wrote:So, while the paternity packages along with all the other social welfare systems in place in Sweden, it come with a 45% tax rate that penalizes everybody, with or without children, married or single or widowed or divorced. While on the same income here the taxes are negligible with an average of around 14%. Given that, I believe the general population would probably much rather the lower tax rates which are all the time and not just something that happens only 1.23 times in a marriage here in Singapore.
I do agree, however, that it would definitely, be nice, but at 62+ I don't think I want to pay for it with my tax bill every year.
On the other hand, if there were paternity leave, it might just increase the fertility rate here a little bit. But I kind of doubt it as the current population is stuck on the mememe thing.
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