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The Labour Laws Amendment Bill (“LLAB”) is a Private Member’s Bill that was drafted in line with African Christian Democratic Party’s policy on family values, the Green Paper on Family and as a result of appeals made by fathers who felt strongly that provision should be made in law for ‘‘paternity leave’’.

The BCEA has been amended to provide for parental leave, adoption leave and, in the case of a surrogate motherhood agreement, commissioning parental leave.

The following leave conditions, inter alia, have been inserted by the LLAB:

1) An employee, who is a parent of a child, is entitled to at 
least ten consecutive days parental leave;
2) An employee who is an adoptive parent of a child who is 
younger than two years is entitled to adoption leave of 
ten weeks consecutively. If there are two adoptive 
parents, one of the employees is entitled to adoption 
leave and the other employee is entitled to parental 
leave; 
3) And an employee who is a commissioning parent in a 
surrogate motherhood agreement is entitled to 
commissioning parental leave of ten weeks 
consecutively. If there are two commissioning parents, 
one of the employees is entitled to commissioning 
parental leave and the other employee is entitled to 
parental leave.

Source: https://www.golegal.co.za/minimum-wage-parental-leave/

Assessed: 11 December 2018

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