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Supplementary paternity leave less appealing

According to Dutch newspaper NRC, supplementary paternity leave – which can be requested after the end of regular paternity leave by employees whose partner has recently given birth – leads to a greater loss in income for low-income employees than high-income employees.

Effect on taxes

When on supplementary paternity leave, an employee will receive a benefit from the UWV (the National Institute for Employees’ Insurances and Regulations). This benefit is 70% of the employee’s daily wages, but no more than 70% of his/her maximum daily wages. The net difference with his/her regular salary depends on the precise tax rules and regulations. NRC found that the effect on taxes is most negative for low-income employees, i.e. those earning around minimum wages. The result is close to a 30% decrease in net income for this group of people. The option to take supplementary paternity leave is thus much less appealing to low-income employees. Employees with an average income see a 20% decrease.

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