It's no secret that working parents in Europe--including the U.K.--have benefits that Americans can only dream about (six weeks vacation, anyone?). Now the British government is upping the ante--and extending their generous parental leave to grandparents, too.
Under British law, new parents are entitled to up to 50 weeks of paid leave (at roughly $215 a week), which they can share during their baby's first year. A mom can take, say, 40 weeks; then her partner can take the remaining 10. That way, both parents can bond with their little one. (Mind you, all dads are entitled to two weeks paternity leave at 90 percent of their pay anyway!)
Under the proposed law, working grandparents could share this perk--leaving their jobs temporarily to take care of their new grandkid. As a British government official told the Daily Mail, "More than half of mothers rely on grandparents for childcare when they first return to work after having a baby." As it is now, he added, two million grandparents leave their jobs or work part-time in order to help out--and it would be better for the economy if they stayed in the workforce.
Besides, studies have shown that taking care of grandkids can lower your risk of Alzheimer's. That's a double perk for British grandparents!
via Huffington Post
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