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Denmark - Generous parental leave leads to staff shortages - January 31, 2021

A new paper in the Review of Economic Studies finds that a generous parental leave policy in nursing caused labour shortages, which resulted in a decline in the quality of hospital and nursing home care. Beginning in 1994 a parental leave programme offered any parent the opportunity to take up to a full year off work, paid, for every child under the age of nine. The researchers found that many nurses took advantage of this programme. However, it was not always possible to replace them, despite the government’s efforts to cover the gap.

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For more information, please contact Paul de Beer or Oana Ciuca, De Burcht (Scientific Bureau for the Dutch Trade Union Movement) p.t.debeer@uva.nl or the Head of communications at the ETUI, Mehmet Koksal mkoksal@etui.org. For previous full issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit https://www.etui.org/Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter or consult the archive with all articles in our database at www.cbnarchive.eu.
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