Italy ponders paid time off for painful periods


Italy is weighing up a new law that would see women who experience painful periods to have up to 3 days of paid holiday per month, in what would be the first law of its kind.

The new proposal is based on the theory that women who are experiencing painful periods would be very unproductive at work during those days, and allowing them to have the holiday would make them especially productive upon their return.

While some have welcomed the potential law, suggesting it to be ahead of it’s time and a progressive move for womens rights, others have criticised it, claiming that employers will be less likely to employ women if they have the possibility to work 3 days less per month – adding to existing inequality in the workforce, where 61% of the workforce are women, 11% fewer than the European average.

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