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parliamentHuffPost reports that part of the conditions specified in the Labour Laws Amendment Bill, adopted by the National Assembly on Tuesday, is that a father cannot be approved for paternity leave unless his name is on the child's birth certificate.  

"This is to ensure that men can't use and abuse the bill," said Cheryllyn Dudley, the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) MP who brought the private member's bill to parliament.  The Bill would give fathers 10 days’ parental leave and it also provides for adoption and commissioning parental leave (leave for parents whose newborns have been commissioned via a surrogate pregnancy).  According to the Bill, an employee who is an adoptive parent of a child who is less than two years old is entitled to adoption leave of two months and two weeks consecutively.  In the case of two adoptive parents, one of the employees is entitled to adoption leave, and the other to parental leave.  The same provision applies for parents-to-be via surrogacy.  The Bill will now be referred to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) for adoption and it could come into effect by June next year.

  • Read this report by Zongile Nhlapo in full at HuffPost
  • Read too, Paid leave bill hailed as landmark achievement for parental rights, at SowetanLive

And also, Dispute about originator of Bill that grants ‘paternal’ leave, at TimesLive

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