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Substantive Labour Code 1950; Section 236 (Paternity Leave)

Substantive Labour Code 1950; Section 236 (Paternity Leave)

Labour Code provides paid paternity leave to the father on presenting a birth certificate. Father is entitled to eight working days of paid paternity leave for children born to a spouse or partner. The birth certificate must be submitted to the EPS within 30 days of birth. From 29 July 2021 onward, the paternity leave has been increased to two weeks. As before, in order to avail this leave, the birth certificate must be submitted to the EPS within 30 days of birth. The paternity leave will be extended by one additional week for each percentage point decrease in the structural unemployment rate in the country, however limiting the maximum length of paternity leave to five weeks.

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