Why is this plan necessary?
“We receive a lot of signals from parents that they are no longer able to cope with it. That caring for their children and doing your work normally cannot be combined.”
“That was complicated during the first lockdown, but then everyone thought: we are dragging ourselves through it on our gums. But now more and more people are falling over. We are getting signals that people are suffering from burnouts, for example.”
What should such an arrangement look like?
“We are very happy to discuss this with the cabinet. But we are thinking of expanding the emergency leave. This already exists and you can take it if your child suddenly falls ill, for example.”
“We now ask employers: let employees make generous use of this, for example also to provide home education. But we also say to employers: you can submit the bill to us. We also understand that many companies are already very much aware of this. difficult, we should not leave the bill to employers. “
How long should you be able to take leave?
“How long the leave should last depends very much on how the corona crisis and the spread of the virus continue. If the schools can reopen in a few weeks, you probably won’t have to use them as much.”
“If that is not possible, or if at some point we end up in a third wave, then it is very important that this is there. The first wave was already complicated, with the second wave people really walk on their gums. A third wave is really not going to attract people. “
People without children have to run a step faster when their colleagues with children are not working. Doesn’t that also cause burnout complaints?
“We have to prevent that at all costs, only there the employer has an important role of course. The advantage is that now that it is compensated, because people with children work less, that they can now hire someone else for those hours. can pay more, so they can work more hours. ”
“Ultimately, we all have to get through this crisis. We think this measure can help parents with young children and their children themselves. Ultimately, it is up to the employer to ensure that the work continues to be done for everyone.”
In Germany, the government also helps parents, says correspondent Jeroen Akkermans. “The plan is to subsidize twenty so-called children’s days. Each parent receives it, for children up to the age of 12. The state reimburses 90 percent of the net wages of the parents who stay at home with the children.”
There is also help in Italy. “From March to December, parents working in the private sector could request 15 days of leave to surrender half their salary,” explains Italy correspondent Anouk Boone.
That was under a number of conditions. “Only if their child had to be quarantined and they weren’t able to work from home. Nearly half a million parents applied for this. There was also a corona nanny bonus for parents so they could get extra help at home.”