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Gender Equality Bonus Has No Effect

Published måndag 22 mars 2010 kl 19.20
Parents and their children at a daycare in Stockholm

The so-called gender equality bonus enacted in 2008 to encourage men to go on parental leave has not made any difference, a new report by the Swedish Social Insurance Agency shows.

According to the information presented by news television program Rapport, fathers to children born directly after the reform was put into place have requested exactly the same amount of leave—44.3 days—as those with children born right before July 1 deadline.

Current legislation gives parents the right to parental leave for a total of 480 days. During the first 390 days, the parent receives 80 percent of their usual wages up to 26,525 kronor per month, and 60 kronor per day for the remaining 90 days.

The largest gender-equality bonus a family can get beyond the usual parental leave allowance is 13,500 kronor, the equivalent of about 1,900 US dollars.

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