Directive 2010/41/EU came into force on 4 August 2010. The Directive concerns the application of the principle of equal treatment between men and women who are self-employed. It gives a new right for self-employed women and female spouses and partners of self-employed workers to maternity benefits. Benefits will include 14 weeks’ maternity allowance. EU member states have two years to implement the Directive into national law. After this time Directive 86/613/EEC, which concerns the equal treatment of self-employed workers, will be repealed.