Are fathers entitled to maternity leave?

Are fathers entitled to maternity leave?

By Madeleine Pretorius According to Section 25 the Basic Conditions of Employment Act 75 of 1997 (“the BCEA”), maternity leave will be granted to pregnant female employees, including female employees who adopt or assume motherhood through surrogacy, for at least four consecutive months. The BCEA does not make specific provision for paid maternity leave and, therefore, the discretion lies with the employer to determine whether the maternity leave is paid or not. In the event that policies only provide unpaid maternity leave, the female employee may claim maternity benefits from the Unemployment Insurance Fund.
Section 27 of the BCEA provides for only 3 days …read more

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