Liaon­ing en­cour­ages sec­ond child birth with gen­er­ous wel­fare

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North­east China’s Liaon­ing Prov­ince is at­tempt­ing to en­cour­age two-child fam­i­lies by of­fer­ing fa­vor­able wel­fare, lo­cal me­dia re­ported on Wed­nes­day.

The Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Liaon­ing Pro­vin­cial Peo­ple’s Congress de­lib­er­ated a draft of the reg­u­la­tion on pop­u­la­tion and fam­ily plan­ning on Mon­day, aim­ing to re­lieve the bur­dens placed on two-child fam­i­lies. The reg­u­la­tion re­quires gov­ern­ment to sup­port two-child fam­i­lies and pro­vide sub­si­dies for child­care and school­ing, ac­cord­ing to the re­port. The reg­u­la­tion also sug­gests gov­ern­ments es­tab­lish sup­port­ing poli­cies for child-bear­ing and nur­tur­ing, and al­lo­cate so­cial se­cu­rity re­sources such as child nur­tur­ing agen­cies, and schools.

Com­pa­nies are en­cour­aged to pro­vide women with flex­i­ble work sched­ules and nec­es­sary con­ve­niences to guar­an­tee them spe­cial oc­cu­pa­tional protection dur­ing preg­nancy and lac­ta­tion pe­ri­ods.

The reg­u­la­tion en­cour­ages mar­ried cou­ples to have two chil­dren, and en­cour­ages re­mar­ried cou­ples (re­sumed mar­riages are ex­cluded), who al­ready have two chil­dren, to have one more child, re­gard­less of which mar­riage the chil­dren were the prod­ucts of.

The reg­u­la­tion also adds seven more days to mar­i­tal leaves. If cou­ples give birth ac­cord­ing to the reg­u­la­tion, the mother will en­joy an ad­di­tional 60 days of ma­ter­nity leave, and the fa­ther is en­ti­tled to a paid 15-day nurs­ing leave, while other wel­fares re­main.

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