Mothers and Parental Leave in Belgium: Social Inequalities in Eligibility and Uptake

  title={Mothers and Parental Leave in Belgium: Social Inequalities in Eligibility and Uptake},
  author={Leen Marynissen and Jonas Wood and Karel Neels},
  journal={Social Inclusion},
In recent decades, many Western European countries introduced parental leave policies to support the work–family combination in families with young children. However, these parental leave schemes often exhibit employment‐based eligibility criteria, so the question arises to which extent social inequalities emerge in the access to parental leave, and as a result thereof also in the uptake of parental leave. Although research on parental leave increasingly addresses the issue of inclusiveness… 

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