Grandparents in Sweden Now Can Be Paid for Taking Care of Grandchildren

(TheConservativeTimes.org) – Sweden has announced a groundbreaking new law that would allow grandparents to step in and take over care of a child for three months in the first year and get paid parental leave.

This new law comes after the Swedish parliament passed a motion that would allow the transfer of parental leave. This is also fifty years after the country became the first in the world to have paid parental leave for both mothers and fathers.

Under this new law, parents are able to transfer some of their parental leave to the grandparents for childcare purposes. A parent couple has the opportunity to transfer forty-five days to another person and a single parent can transfer the full three months to the grandparent. The Scandinavian country has built a system of generations of society that have been taken care of from cradle to grave.

In Sweden, parents are able to be out of work for sixteen months paid per child, and of those days, almost four hundred of them, the pay is calculated based on the person’s full income. Another benefit for parents in Sweden is reduced work hours until the child is eight, and if they work for the government then they can work reduced hours until the child is twelve.

On the opposite end of things, the United States doesn’t have a national maternity leave policy. The Family and Medical Leave Act is what allows Americans to have leave for twelve weeks after the birth of a child.

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