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Increased benefits for mothers of twins

The House plenum  unanimously voted two laws on Thursday to give new mothers of multiple babies additional maternity leave, and allowance.

The two laws provide for the extension of maternity leave by four weeks for each additional baby, and extend maternity allowance similarly by four weeks for each child beyond one born at the same time.

At present, maternity allowance, which is the equivalent of 75 per cent of a woman’s monthly gross earnings, is paid for 18 consecutive weeks, and begins at least two weeks before the woman’s expected due date. According to the newly passed legislation, in the case a woman gives birth to twins, the maternity leave and allowance will be extended to 22 weeks and to 26 weeks if triplets are born.

In addition, the plenary voted for inclusion in the definition of the term ‘single parent family’ where one married parent is living alone with at least one dependent child while the other parent is serving a prison sentence for six months or more.

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