Kula: Paternity leave to be tabled soon


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 14 Nov 2019

Reports by MARTIN CARVALHO, HEMANANTHANI SIVANANDAM and RAHIMY RAHIM

IF all goes well, it will soon be compulsory for private sector employers to allow paternity leave for fathers of newborns, said Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran.

“I hope to table amendments to the law during the current Parliament meeting which will last untill December.

“If not by this December, it will be done in the next meeting in March, ” he told reporters after receiving an online petition by the Women’s Aid Organisation (WOA) here yesterday calling for compulsory paternity leave for men.

Kulasegaran said the proposed amendments to the Employment Act would also cover the 90-day maternity leave for women.

“I had initially proposed to the Cabinet three days paternity leave for fathers.

“However, I will bring the matter up again with the Cabinet following calls for seven days paternity leave, ” he said.

At present Kulasegaran said only the civil service provides seven days paternity leave for men.

He said he will need to also get views from stakeholders before the proposed changes to the law are made.

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