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Belgian freelancers get ten days of paid paternity leave

Self-employed workers will have the right to ten days of paid paternity leave from the 1st of May. This new leave is designed to help self-employed people balance their professional and private lives. It will also mean salaried fathers and co-parents will no longer be treated differently to self-employed ones when it comes to social security allowances, reports Belga.

These ten days of paternity leave (divisible into half days) can be taken voluntarily in the four months following the baby’s birth, the same as maternity leave.

They can also choose to temporarily pause their professional activity for a maximum of eight days, but receive 15 free service cheques.

It is estimated this new measure will cost 11 million euros a year. 

The Brussels Times