Late last year a new Labour Laws Amendment Bill was gazetted. This Bill seeks to provide for parental leave, adoption leave and commissioning parental leave. It also provides for the payment of parental benefits as well as commissioning parental benefits from the Unemployment Insurance Fund as summarised below:
  1. Parental leave; At least 10 days per child.
  2. Adoption leave; At least 10 weeks per adoptive child.
  3. Commissioning parental leave (surrogate motherhood); At least 10 weeks per child.
  4. The payment of all the above points is proposed by the Department by the Minister of Labour subject to the Unemployment Insurance Act 2001.

We will keep you informed of further developments in this regard.