|The European Commission has suggested that fully-paid maternity leave should be extended to 18 weeks.
It is hoped that a longer paid maternity break would encourage more mothers to return to work after giving birth and lead to a healthier work-life balance.
Under the new proposals, which form part of a wider EU package designed to update working legislation, women in the 27 member states would receive 100 per cent of their salary for 18 weeks, compared to the current 14 weeks.
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