Some 12,000 women who had babies while working as freelancers have so far made a claim for compensation for maternity pay, the UWV benefit payments agency said on Tuesday.
Women who were self employed between May 2005 and June 2008 are entitled to claim €5,600 for each pregnancy following a court ruling.
At that time there was no maternity statutory pay for freelancers but the country’s highest administrative court ruled last year that this conflicted with the UN treaty on women’s rights.
This forced the government to set up a compensation scheme.
Women have until the end of September to make a claim and the UWV expects some 20,000 to do so.
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