parliamentCity Press reports that fathers are moving closer to getting 10 days’ paid leave to bond with their newborn babies or adopted children.  This will be a marked improvement on the three days of family responsibility leave they are currently allowed.  

In SA, no statutory provision for paternity or adoption leave is currently made.  There was all-round support for the draft Labour Laws Amendment Bill in Parliament last week during public hearings on the proposed parental leave.  The bill was tabled by African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) MP Cheryl Dudley in 2015 as a private member’s bill.  Being a bill proposed by an opposition MP, the progress of the bill in Parliament so far is itself noteworthy.  The ACDP has suggested that the Unemployment Insurance Act be amended to cater for the new parental benefits.

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