Dads can claim paternity leave from UIF as of January 2019

Pretoria- Allowing working dads 10 days of paternity leave will be beneficial for companies, that is what the African Christian Democratic Party said on Wednesday, encouraging bosses to back the new law.

On Friday, President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the Labour Law Amendment Bill. Henri Terblanche was the originator of the act. Terblanche petitioned parliament with the proposal for parental leave, but

“Our call is on companies to do this because it is good for their companies. What is good for their staff is good for their company,” ACDP MP Cheryllyn Dudley said.

The law will be in affect from January 1, 2019.

It will be the duty of the human resources departments at companies to implement the law.

“It is actually workers’ money, that is why it is sitting in UIF. It is nothing extra out of anyone’s pocket so nobody has to panic. This has taken five years and took a lot of patience, but it is done,” Dudley said.

“Our person in our media department had their first baby and we actually gave him 10 days that weekend. That was six months ago. There is nothing stopping any company to do the right thing,” she said.

“The committee is confident that the bill responds adequately to the current and changing socio-economic conditions that are prevalent in the country,” chairperson of the committee Lemias Mashile said in a statement.

“The committee remains of the view that the amendments are broad and their gender neutrality will play a leading role in advancing equality.

“The committee encourages parents to take full advantage of the new law to the benefit of individuals and families.”

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