Parent24 reports that according to an announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa, sections of the Labour Laws Amendment Act 10 of 2018 came into effect on 1 November 2019.
ACDP MP Cheryllyn Dudley first brought the proposed bill to the National Assembly in 2017. In terms of the changes, employers must provide ten successive unpaid leave days to new fathers.
This leave will be funded via Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) applications and will be paid to qualifying beneficiaries at a rate of 66% of their earnings, subject to the maximum earnings threshold.
John Botha, COO of Global Business Solutions, indicated that UIF forms to apply for the leave were still unavailable, but parents should keep a lookout for them. “Employers will be well advised to conduct an impact analysis of these laws and take the necessary steps to plan ahead for workforce requirements,” he pointed out.
Companies will also need to update HR policies accordingly. There are also new provisions relating to parental adoption leave and commissioning parental leave (applicable to surrogate mothers).