Maternity benefits - Between informal practices and the need to optimize the Social Security System Cover Image

Indemnizațiile de maternitate – între practici informale și necesitatea optimizării sistemului de asigurări sociale
Maternity benefits - Between informal practices and the need to optimize the Social Security System

Author(s): Cornel Ciurea
Subject(s): Welfare systems, Welfare services
Published by: IDIS VIITORUL Institutul pentru Dezoltare şi Initiative Sociale
Keywords: maternity-leave;
Summary/Abstract: On December 23, 2013, at the proposal of the Government, the Parliament votes Law no. 332, through which amendments were made to Law no. 289 of 2004 on allowances for temporary incapacity for work and other social insurance benefits. The main changes concern the calculation of maternity allowances and monthly allowances for raising a child until the age of 3 years. This law attracted a number of criticisms from the Liberal Party of the Republic of Moldova, but also from some institutions that endorsed the law (especially the NAC) who considered that the changes in question worsen the situation of pregnant women and reduce maternity benefits. This analysis is an attempt to debate the arguments of the opponents of this reform in order to discover the hidden springs that have determined the existence of abuses that this new law wants to remove. At the same time, the author wants to demonstrate the need to ensure equal treatment of all insured persons in order to reconcile the contributions paid with the promised payments in the form of maternity allowances, childcare allowances until the age of 3 and, at the same time, in order to ensure the financial sustainability of the state social insurance budget. The analysis was performed by successively interviewing the parties involved in the dispute. Given the resonance and sensitivity of the case, we wanted to present the real situation to show the difficulties faced by both the public social security system and the beneficiaries of this system.

  • Page Count: 14
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Language: Romanian