newsEWN reports that as of 1 March 2020, new labour laws will come into effect, some of which will be welcomed by parents to be, while others will only result in minor improvements for the lowest paid workers in the country.  

Employers will be required to pay workers around 3.8% more an hour due to amendments to the National Minimum Wage Act of 2018, although the impact on the pockets of workers would be minimal.  On 1 March, the national minimum wage will rise to R20.76 an hour, from R20 previously.  The picture for farmworkers, domestic workers and those employed on an expanded public works programme will even less rosy, with those employees to be entitled to a minimum hourly wage of R18.68, R15.57 and R11.42 respectively.  On the positive side, amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act of 1997 are set to benefit new parents.  In addition to maternity leave for mothers, new parental leave provisions will entitle an employee to at least 10 consecutive days of leave when their child is born or adoption is granted, rather than them having to take three days of family responsibility leave, which was normally given in such instances.  For those adopting a child below the age of two, parents will be entitled to at least 10 weeks consecutive adoptive leave, or 10 consecutive days of parental leave once adoption has been granted.

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