The Standing Committee of the Thirteenth National People’s Congress of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region voted on the 24th to pass the revised “Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Population and Family Planning Regulation” (hereinafter referred to as the “Regulation”), which stipulates that couples who have already given birth to three children, with both household registration and residence in border counties (cities, districts), can have one more child.
Guangxi has 8 counties (cities, districts) adjacent to Vietnam, and the border areas are populated by ethnic groups such as Zhuang, Han, Yao, Miao, and Jing. In recent years, the birth rate of Guangxi’s border population has continued to decline, and some places have even experienced negative growth. In order to enrich the population of border areas, the “Regulation” makes the aforementioned provisions.
The “Regulation” formulate differentiated maternity leave incentive measures and added paternity leave and parental leave for antenatal examinations. It is stipulated that in addition to enjoying the maternity leave stipulated by the state, the first child will increase the maternity leave by 60 days, the second child will increase the maternity leave by 70 days, and the third child will increase the maternity leave by 80 days.
During the pregnancy of the woman, the man enjoys five days of accompanying leave for an antenatal check-up, and 25 days of nursing leave for the man at the same time. Both husband and wife shall enjoy a total of ten days of parental leave each year when their children are 0 to 3 years old. Wages, allowances, subsidies, and bonuses during the holiday period shall not be deducted by the employer.
Female employees who meet the requirements of laws and regulations to give birth to children, who have difficulty in raising the baby after the maternity leave expires, can apply for a breastfeeding leave of no more than 12 months after the approval of the employer. During the breastfeeding leave, the wages, allowances, and subsidies shall be issued according to 80% of the total amount. Employees who enjoy breastfeeding leave will not be affected by promotion, salary adjustment, and calculation of the length of service.
According to the survey, the problem of infant care is one of the main factors restricting people’s willingness to bear children.
Liang Liling, director of the Guangxi Aging Office, introduced that the local area will encourage qualified kindergartens to recruit children aged two to three, appropriately extend the length of time in the kindergarten, and support domestic enterprises to expand childcare services.
In addition, Guangxi also encourages qualified employers to provide childcare subsidies to employees who meet the laws and regulations to give birth, take flexible leave and flexible work measures that are conducive to taking care of infants and young children, establish and improve the cost-sharing mechanism for vacation labor, etc., to support family birth, nurture.