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newsNews24 reports that working dads are now entitled to 10 days of paternity leave after the birth of their children.  This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the labour relations and labour amendment acts into law on Friday.  

The Labour Amendment Act also includes provisions for 10 weeks of parental adoption leave if the baby is under the age of 2 years (applies to one parent only) and surrogacy leave, as well as increased UIF and maternity benefits.  NGO Sonke Gender Justice said it was "an incredible victory for parents in SA".  The organisation commented:  "Now an employee who is a parent not covered by maternity leave is entitled to 10 consecutive days' parental leave when their child is born or when an adoption order is granted."  ACDP MP Cheryllyn Dudley, who was a principal force behind the legislation, said:  "The ACDP welcomes news of the signing into law of these historic pro-worker laws."  In addition to paternity benefits, the amendments will see UIF benefits for workers losing their jobs increase from eight to 12 months and various other improved benefits.  It will see UIF protection extended to public servants.

  • Read the full original by Riaan Grobler at News24
  • Read too, Parents now titled to 10-day leave payout, at SowetanLive

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