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Czech government approves an increase in parental allowance

The Czech government has approved an increase in parental benefits, due to take effect from January 2020. In a press release from the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, it was announced this week that parents of newborns and children up to four years of age who have not yet exhausted their parental support will be eligible to receive additional financial help from January 1, 2020. The Czech government approved the proposal to increase the parental by 80,000 CZK to 300,000 CZK this week. The amendment has yet to be discussed by parliament and signed by the President. https://news.expats.cz/praguejobs/czech-government-to-substantially-increase-parental-leave-benefits/ Coalition parties have been debating the increase since last year with the proposal changing several times. Advocates of the amendment point out that family income drops significantly after the birth of a child. They say that while the cost of living is on the rise, the benefits have not been adjusted for years. https://twitter.com/JMalacova/status/1130461967322439680 However, some economists and experts on women's issues point out that while the Czech Republic may have significantly longer parental leave compared to foreign countries it also has low maternity employment. They say increasing the amount does not help get women back into the workforce. Part of…

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Czech Pirate party fights to legalize prostitution in the Czech Republic
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Czech Pirate party fights to legalize prostitution in the Czech Republic

While the business of prostitution is technically prohibited in the Czech Republic - organized prostitution including brothels is officially illegal - the state has long turned a blind eye to the practice. According to a study by the Czech Ministry of Interior earlier this decade, there were 860 brothels operating in the country, and 200 in Prague alone, that may (or may not) comply with the letter of the law but certainly not its spirit. That has resulted in an estimated 13,000 prostitutes in the Czech Republic according to recent reports, many of whom operate in what is currently a legal gray area. That should change, says the Czech Pirate party, as reported by iDnes.cz. Beyond providing much-needed assistance for those who currently engaged in the prostitution business and public health benefits (HIV rates decreased by 16% in Switzerland after government regulation of prostitution), regulation could also mean big business for the state. "We want to address an area that has not been addressed for a long time and which is still problematic in many parts of the Czech Republic," Jakub Michálek, Pirate party representative in the Czech Chamber of Deputies, said when introducing his party’s proposal. "The number of…

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