The (expanded) job sharing/special leave programme has proved to be far more popular and costly than expected, so that the Danish government decided to reduce certain benefits, effective January 1995.
- Benefits received during parental leave have been reduced from 80 per cent to 70 per cent of the maximum unemployment benefit. However, local authorities do still have the right to add to the payment, up to a sum which represents 100 per cent of the maximum unemployment benefit. Parents may only take a leave of three months to care for a child older than age one. Parents of newborn children still have the option of taking up to one year of leave.
- Persons on sabbatical also receive 70 per cent instead of the previous 80 per cent of the maximum unemployment benefit. Municipalities may not increase this benefit. Sabbaticals can no longer be altered with periods of work and must have a length of 13 weeks at least.
- The provisions for job training leave remain unchanged.
Source: International Benefits Information Service, January 1995, p. 9.
Implementation date: 01.01.1995