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Global benefits insights - June 2024

June 30, 2024


Extends maternity leave entitlement

First-time mothers, first-time adopting mothers and those whose newborn is hospitalised for 14 days or more will be entitled to extended leave under Protection of Maternity (amendment) Law of 2024, effective 1st March 2024.

Maternity leave for first-time mothers is extended from 18 consecutive weeks to 22 consecutive weeks¹. At least 11 weeks' leave must be taken and must commence 2 weeks prior to the expected delivery date.

This extended leave also applies to first-time mothers who have a child via surrogate. For second born children, leave will remain at 22 consecutive weeks, and 26 consecutive weeks for any further birth.

Adoption leave for first-time mothers is extended from 16 consecutive weeks to 20 consecutive weeks. It remains at 20 weeks for adoption of the second child, and 24 consecutive weeks for any further adoptions².

Where a newborn is hospitalised due to health issues, or premature birth, an additional week’s maternity leave is granted for each 14 days of hospitalisation, up to 8 additional weeks.

Source: lawyersincyprus.com¹ / cyprusprofile.com²

United Kingdom

Introduces The Paternity Leave (Bereavement) Act 2024

The Act entered Royal Assent on 24th May 2024, to be effective immediately¹.

Previously, employees were only entitled to paternity leave once reaching a specific length of service (a minimum of 26 weeks' continuous service prior to the child’s due date) and this was limited to the statutory 2 weeks of leave entitlement².

The change in law now allows fathers and non-birthing partners automatic rights to take leave from day 1 of service, should the mother/birthing partner die in childbirth or if the adopting mother dies prior to placement³.

The act does not specify the exact duration of the paternity leave.

Source:¹ / gov.uk² /³


Extends parental leave for multiple births

Effective 1st May 2024, the additional leave will be introduced to all children born after this date.

The amended Maternity Act will provide each parent with an additional 13 weeks' leave for births or adoptions with 2 or more children born on the same day. These additional 13 weeks must be taken within 12 months following birth or placement.

Single parents are able to apply for an additional 13 weeks' leave to be used by a family member or social parent in place of the second parent. The 13 weeks also applies to other Social Parents, i.e. same-sex or other LGBTQ+ families.

For multiple births where a child is stillborn, parents will not be entitled to the additional 13 weeks of leave, but will still be entitled to the 26 weeks of bereavement leave currently provided.



Amends Parental Leave Cash Benefit Act

Effective 14th May 2024, the amount of leave that can be claimed is to be extended¹.

The Norwegian government have amended the Cash Benefit Act that allows employees to choose how they would like to take their parental leave.

The current options are:

  • 49 weeks of parental leave with 100% pay or
  • 59 weeks at 80% pay

As of 14th May 2024, the second option of 59 weeks is extended by 11 days to a total of 61 weeks and 1 day’s leave at 80% pay. This also applies to adopting parents².

Source: knowledge.dlapiper.com¹ / regjeringen.no²


Introduces 40-hour working week and flexible working

Entered into law on 26th April 2024, the Chilean Labour Code is amended to allow weekly working hours to be reduced from 45 to 40, over a period of 5 years.

The amendment reduces the number of working hours without a reduction in salary. The phased
reduction will be as follows:

  • April 26, 2024: Reduced to 44 hours
  • April 26, 2026: Reduced to 42 hours
  • April 26, 2028: Reduced to 40 hours

How the reduction of hours is applied to the working week needs to be agreed by the employee and employer.

The reduction also allows the working hours to be applied over 4, 5 or 6 working days. This flexibility applies from April 2028; however, employers can offer it from now and phase the reduction to 40 hours in advance of this date.


Minimum wage increases from 1st June 2024


Effective from 1st June 2024, the minimum weekly wage in Jamaica is increasing from JMD 13,000 to JMD 15,000 for a 40-hour working week.


Minimum wage increases from 1st July 2024


Effective 1st July 2024, the monthly minimum wage increases from CLP 470,000 to CLP 500,000.


The Netherlands

Effective 1st July 2024, the hourly minimum wage in the Netherlands is increasing to the following:

  • 15 years of age - €4.10
  • 16 years of age - €4.72
  • 17 years of age - €5.40
  • 18 years of age - €6.84
  • 19 years of age - €8.21
  • 20 years of age - €10.94
  • 21 and older - €13.68

A further update will be announced to take effect from 1st January 2025.


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