Self-employed workers to gain maternity and pension benefits under new EU law
Self-employed workers and their partners will enjoy better social protection - including the right to maternity leave for the first time - under new legislation endorsed by EU governments on June 7, 2010. The Directive on self-employed workers and assisting spouses repeals and replaces an earlier law and improves the social protection rights of millions of women in the labour market, boosting female entrepreneurship.
At present, women represent only one in three entrepreneurs. The legislation, agreed with the European Parliament on 18 May and endorsed today by EU Member States, considerably improves the protection of female self-employed workers and assisting spouses in case of maternity or motherhood. Read more (Source: DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities)
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10 June 2010