60,000 Belgian employees took corona parental leave in May
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    60,000 Belgian employees took corona parental leave in May

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    Nearly 60,000 Belgian employees took a so-called corona parental leave, according to a study by human resource company Acerta published on Wednesday.

    Corona parental leave is a part-time leave for parents of at least one child under the age of 12 or a disabled child, so they can take care of their children during the coronavirus crisis.

    The 60,000 employees who took corona leave represent 1.2% of the Belgian working population. A total of 3.6% of employees were benefitting from some form of parental leave in May, which is an increase of almost a third compared to April.

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    Temporary unemployment fell among those who took corona parental leave, from 30.7% to 25.4%.

    Acerta’s analysis is based on wage data as of May 29, from a representative sample of more than 32,000 employers and 147,534 employees in the private sector.

    The Brussels Times