Ningxia is the latest to join a list of Chinese provinces and regions to introduce paid leave for single children to care for their elderly parents.
Sounds nice, right? But reactions on Chinese social media suggest that many netizens are unimpressed.
In a bid to boost elderly care, Ningxia said that if parents aged 60 and above are sick and hospitalized, employers should give their employee no more than 15 days paid leave annually if he or she is a single child, and no more than seven if they have siblings.
The regulation is expected to take effect on the first day of 2019. Other provinces like Sichuan and Heilongjiang have also introduced similar paid leaves for elderly. A comment on Weibo that got over 6,000 likes from user “Guangzi1” said: “There are very few companies that will grant this kind of paid leave. Simply put, this is just a benefit for public servants.”
Other users also raised doubts, saying many companies fail to grant even normal annual leaves and maternity leaves, let alone leaves for elderly care. The country’s decades-long enforcement of a one-child policy has placed the burden of caring for elderly parents on many single children.
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