Parental leave

Towards more equality
Man walks across Erasmus Bridge with pram.

Two days of leave after the birth of your child. This was long the case for partners and fathers in the Netherlands. One day for the birth of your child and one day to declare your child. After that you were allowed to go back to work. The image always existed that mothers are much more important for parenting than fathers. It turns out that this is not so. Research contributed to adjusting the law. Since 2020, partners can take 5 weeks of parental leave. The expansion is good for several reasons. It increases partner involvement, more support for mothers and it benefits family dynamics.

Increasingly important what social class you come from

Where you were born matters more and more for children's development opportunities. This is also reflected in the extension of birth leave for partners. Additional birth leave proved an immediate success. But mostly among high-income families. That did not surprise family sociologist Renske Keijzer:

"The additional leave is paid at 70%. A family that struggles to make ends meet will not make it on 70% of its income. of Households earning more than 4,000 euros net per month took 85% birth leave. Among households earning less than 4,000 euros, it was only 63%. That creates inequality."

Reduce inequality through 100% income during paternity leave

Research by family sociologist Renske Keizer helped extend paternity leave for partners. She now hopes for the next step.

Plea for wider leave
Professor Renske Keizer on campus close up

Our knowledge on parental leave

To help students, staff and society

100% continued pay at EUR

As an employer, we believe it is important to build a good relationship with your newborn child.

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At EUR, we value a good work-life balance. Take a look at our terms of employment.

Cyclists and walkers across the Erasmus Bridge.

How important are fathers in parenting?

Renske Keizer, professor of Family Sociology, spoke about the influence the family has on children's developmental outcomes, focusing on fathers and mothers.

Renske Keizer op podium tijdens lezing
studenten in studiebanken
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Working on solutions during your studies

As a student, you can already do something to contribute to protecting equity. By choosing the right study, you can learn about policies and regulations to address. Or you can study more about family welfare and already be working on improvements in that area during your studies. Below are three courses on these topics.

Courses that make an impact

  • Sociologie

    Pre-master in Sociologie: Je krijgt de kennis en vaardigheden aangereikt om een van de masterspecialisaties in Sociologie succesvol te kunnen doorlopen.
  • Social Inequalities

    Why are social divisions in society increasing? Are you interested in knowing how welfare policies can help to reduce social inequality? Then this is your MSc!
  • Bestuurskunde

    Pre-master in Bestuurskunde: Je leert actuele maatschappelijke vraagstukken te analyseren vanuit een multidisciplinair perspectief: Lees meer.

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