[MUST LISTEN] Parental leave amendments explained

[MUST LISTEN] Parental leave amendments explained

The National Employers Association of South Africa (NEASA) has welcomed recent amendments to the leave provisions in the Basic Conditions of Employment Act.


President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in December that employees will be entitled to a number of new types of leave from January 2020.

NEASA’s Jaco Swart says the amendments do not exclude same-sex parents.

“The father will be able to take 10 days unpaid paternity leave, if you want to call it that, for the birth of his child.”

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The second amendment is the introduction of a 10 consecutive weeks commissioning parental leave for a surrogate.

“Where a couple uses a surrogate to have a child, one of the parents of the surrogate child will be entitled to 10 weeks for surrogacy,” adds Swart.

NEASA says parents will be able to claim from Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) for unpaid salaries during provisioned leave.


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