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Parents who have not been entitled to maternity leave in the past will now be allowed 10 days' parental leave, to be paid out of the Unemployment Insurance Fund. This follows the signing of the Labour Laws Amendment Bill into law by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday. In terms of the additions to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, an employee who is a parent not covered by maternity leave will be entitled to at least 10 consecutive days’ of leave when their child is born. This means that fathers, who were initially only entitled to three days of paternity leave, will now be able to take 10 days off. If there are two adoptive parents of a child younger than two years, one of them is entitled to adoption leave of 10 weeks and the other employee to parental leave of 10 days. The same provision is made for commissioning parents in a surrogate motherhood agreement. The originator of the act‚ Henri Terblanche‚ welcomed the signing of the bill into law. “Congratulations to [ACDP] Che...

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