Give grandparents social leave to look after grandchildren, says ministerWednesday, 24 October 2018 10:41
The proposal from Gezinsbond would allow working grandparents up to ten days in a year of social leave in such urgent circumstances, either to stay with a child who is sick at home while parents work, or to take care of the child if a parent is indisposed.
Parents themselves already have the right to ten days social leave for what the law calls “pressing circumstances” such as sick children, partner or parent. Gezinsbond’s proposal would extend that right to grandparents.
Grandparents have a special role to play in family life, the union’s Elke Valgaeren said. “There is not only an emotional bond, but grandparents play an invaluable role in the care of their grandchildren. And they are often able to keep the combination of family and work in balance for their own adult children.”
“Gezinsbond brings up a valid point,” Peeters said. “At present, parents can take social leave to care for a sick child, but grandparents don’t have that option. I’ll be looking to see if the law can be amended.”
In the case of grandparents, his office explained, an employer would have the right to demand, where there was any doubt, some kind of proof that the circumstances were indeed pressing.
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