- South African parents will enjoy the benefits of a new law from Wednesday onwards
- The new year will herald in a change in the way employed fathers take leave at the birth of their children
- This new law also deals with mothers whose children are born through surrogacy
From Wednesday onwards all parents will now be entitled to 10 days' parental leave when their children are born.
BusinessLIVE reports that the laws concerning mothers remain unchanged as new moms are already entitled to maternity leave. The new law targets Mzansi's dads and parents who have children through surrogacy.
Trade Union COSATU has welcomed the move, with Matthew Parks commenting on Monday:
“This is a historic and long-fought for victory for workers, parents, children and families across SA. This is now an act of Parliament, assented by the president and promulgated. It is not a matter of negotiations or concessions by employers. It is law."
Parks views the move as something of a modern movement for South Africa, and a highly-anticipated one at that:
“Employers are asked to embrace the progressive spirit of the law. Those who seek to behave like rogue Neanderthals will be treated accordingly, named and shamed, taken to the CCMA and labour courts and forced to abandon their backwardness.”
Briefly.co.za gathered that employees will now be able to claim from the Unemployment Insurance Fund if they do not receive their full salaries during their leave.
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