Keywords: paternity leave; parental leave; EU model.
The Author analyses one of the less investigated parts of the labour
market reform, namely the one concerning paternity leave and parental
leaves. The former gathered specific attention at the time when project
of the reform was presented, with a media emphasis certainly not consistent
with the actual text of the provision. Rather than being a paternity
leave shaped according to the European model, the leave added to
the paternity leave in the event of serious reasons of the mother seems
to be a leave, from one to three days, with underlying underestimated
legal questions that are totally out of proportion in comparison to the expected
outcome. As for the economic exchange offered to the mother as
an alternative option to parental leave, criticisms are even more pressing,
as they put into question the conformity of the provision with the regulatory
framework set by European institutions.