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Addressing Labour Shortages and Enhancing Maternity Leave in Cyprus

Proposed amendments in Cyprus seek to extend maternity leave to 22 weeks for first child by birth/surrogacy and 20 weeks for first child by adoption, with potential extensions for premature or hospitalized infants. Labour advisory committee to discuss labour shortages and pivotal labour regulations, including potential employment of thirdcountry nationals and electronic declaration of terms of employment. These progressive amendments reflect a move towards familyfriendly policies and a modernization of Cyprus’ labour laws.

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Labour Market Disconnect: A Critical Analysis

The labour market disconnect in Cyprus postCOVID19 highlights the gap between business needs and government policies. Due to EU workers leaving during the pandemic and not returning, Cyprus faces labour shortages. Government efforts to allow hiring from third countries have been slow, creating challenges, especially in tourism and hospitality industries, which have seen increased demand. A more responsive policy is needed to align with business requirements and economic growth.

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