What you need to know before you plan your dates off
Much excitement has been filtering through the country as fathers-to-be have recently become eligible for paternity leave. A great many dads in waiting are thrilled to be able to play a larger role in the early days of their new-borns life. With many households being double income households, families reply more and more for both parents’ income as well as sharing the work load that is involved when it comes to raising a new infant. Dads are pleased to have the chance to spend time with their babies and have the opportunity to bond with the littles ones during this time. Mom’s alike will no doubt be pleased to have their partners around to assist them during this period of large adjustment within the household. The passing of this new law enforces the idea that social norms are changing and when legislation changes to keep up with those changes, it is an acknowledgement of an enlightened society.
Paternity Leave, Surrogacy and Adoption Leave Explained
The Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA), section 27 thereof, provides for three days’ family responsibility leave for employees when their child is born. Should they require more time they have the option of taking annual leave, in addition to their three days’ family responsibility leave entitlement (per leave cycle). The family responsibility leave for when a child is born, however, is only applicable to employees who have been employed for at least 4 months and who work at least 4 days a week for the same employer. The BCEA currently does not make any provision for paternity leave as such, neither does it make provision for leave in cases of adoption or surrogacy.