Being a working parent of a newborn can be overwhelming, which is why South African law protects parents and ensures they get time off work to bond with their babies. Here’s what you need to know:
What is the difference between maternity and paternity leave?
Maternity leave applies to pregnant women who are not able to work or have recently given birth.
Paternity leave applies to fathers and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act allows you take three days’ paid family responsibility leave, provided that:
Remember, your employer has the right to ask for proof of birth when you request leave.
Understanding maternity leave
If you are pregnant, you will need more time off from work for your health and safety. Maternity leave is also an opportunity for mothers to bond with their babies.
You can take leave but will need to understand what your rights and responsibilities are:
Where can I find more information?
You can get in touch with the Department of Labour by visiting them at:
Fourth to Sixth floors
Office hours: 07:30 to 16:00, Monday to Friday.
Or by contacting them on:
Tel: 021 441 8000
|(The Government of South Africa)