A private member’s bill was passed by the National Assembly for the first time
The Labour Laws Amendment Bill, introduced as a private member’s bill by African Christian Democratic Party in November 2015, was passed in the National Assembly on Tuesday, 28 November 2017.
The most important aspect of the Bill is that it allows for all parents, including fathers, same-sex couples, adoptive and surrogate parents, to access 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
Under the new amendments, it’s proposed that fathers would get 10 days leave, and adopting parents would be eligible for 10 weeks leave.
The Basic Conditions of Employment Act currently provides that an employee who is the father of the child may take three days family responsibility leave when that employee’s child is born. The family responsibility leave is paid for by the employer.
Once the Bill is signed into law by the President, a detailed news flash will be circulated.
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