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Benefits for child care increased to 700 rubles

December 9 2005

Today, in the third final reading of the State Duma passed several laws aimed at social protection of pregnant women and women caring for young children.

In particular, members have increased the monthly allowance for the period of leave to care for a child under the age of one and a half years. Benefits increased from 500 to 700 rubles. This is the first step towards the approximation of the amount of benefit to the minimum wage, say the authors of the law.

A lump sum at birth is also increased. According to the document proposed to increase the allowance from 6 thousand rubles. to 8 thousand rubles. "This increase will partially indexed cost of acquisition of the necessary items for a newborn," - noted in a memorandum to the bill.

In addition, in the third reading a law on the payments of benefits for temporary disability, pregnancy and childbirth, as well as about the size of insurance coverage for compulsory social insurance against industrial accidents and occupational diseases.

According to the adopted law, the payment of temporary disability benefits because of illness or injury during the first two days at the expense of the employer, and on the third day of illness - from the fund.

The maximum size of temporary disability benefits and benefits for pregnancy and childbirth at a rate not exceeding 15 thousand rubles. per month. Now the amount of such allowance is not more than 12 thousand 480 rbl. The Act also introduces a new procedure for calculating the average earnings for calculating benefits for temporary disability and maternity leave. The maximum amount of the lump sum is 46 thousand 900 rubles. Based on this amount is determined by the size of a lump sum insurance payments on compulsory social insurance against industrial accidents and occupational diseases.

All three laws will take effect January 1, 2006, RBC reports

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