Parental Leave: A New Year gift from DoL

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Happy New Year from Simply Communicate.

For expectant parents, it will be a happy new year with a gift from the Department of Labour and UIF.

The long-awaited parental-leave provisions of the amended Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) have been implemented.

As of 1 January 2020, employees are entitled to 10 days’ parental leave on the birth of their child. This particularly affects fathers and adoptive and surrogate parents. The leave is unpaid (unless the employer wishes to be generous), but employees may claim from UIF.

See details on Judith Griessel’s blog: “PARENTAL LEAVE (Paternity leave, Adoption leave and Surrogacy leave)

Employment policies may need to be amended. And if employment contracts quote the BCEA in detail, they will need to change as well. (Keeping them simple is a better option.)

Please let me know if you would like help with policies or contracts. Contact me here.

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Ian Webster

From Methodist minister to Customer Relations manager in a computer bureau to HR Manager in a newspaper printing and publishing company. Now focussing on training and developing people and HR & people-management consulting.

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