What does parental leave look like in Cyprus and how does it compare to 44 other countries from across the globe? To find out, read our concise overview in the newly published International Review of Leave Policies and Related Research.


Cyprus leave policies included for the first time

The Cyprus overview published in the 15th International Review of Leave Policies and Related Research 2019 covers current leave and other employment-related policies to support parents, the relationship between leave policy and early childhood education and care (ECEC) policy as well as the most recent changes to the legislative framework since 2017.

What is the International Network on Leave Policies and Research?

The International Network on Leave Policies and Research, which MIGS joined this year, has been producing an annual review of leave policies and related research since 2005. The review covers Maternity, Paternity and Parental leaves; leave to care for sick children and other employment-related measures to support working parents; and early childhood education and care policy.

The review is based on country notes from each participating country, prepared by members of the network and edited by several of the network’s coordinators. Each country note follows a standard format: details of different types of leave; the relationship between leave policy and early childhood education and care policy; recent policy developments; information on take-up of leave. The review also includes definitions of the main types of leave policies; and cross-country comparisons. These comparative overviews cover: each main type of leave; the relationship between leave and Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) entitlements (PDF); and policy changes and developments since the previous review. For the first time this year, it also includes a technical appendix.

The 2019 review includes two new countries of which Cyprus is one, the other being Chile. Altogether, it covers 45 countries. These are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Uruguay.

Accessing the report

The 15th International Review of Leave Policies and Related Research 2019 report is available to download here (PDF).