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parliamentHistory was made in Parliament on Tuesday when a private member's bill was passed for the first time in the National Assembly.  The Labour Laws Amendment Bill, proposed by ACDP MP Cheryllyn Dudley, aims to give fathers the opportunity to take paternity leave.  

"The bill seeks to provide for parental leave, adoption leave and commissioning parental leave.  It also provides for the payment of parental benefits as well as commissioning parental benefits from the Unemployment Insurance Fund," the ACDP said in a statement earlier in the process.  Fathers would accordingly get 10 days’ of parental leave on the birth of a child when the bill is enacted.  The bill also provides for 10 weeks of adoption leave for one parent when adopting a child under two years; increases in unemployment insurance benefits from 238 to 365 days; and increases in maternity benefits to 66%.  Public servants have also been included under the Unemployment Insurance Fund.  Labour federation Cosatu welcomed the passage of the bill.

Based on reports at News24 and BusinessLive

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