The much-anticipated amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) and the Unemployment Insurance Fund Act (UIFA) are nearing implementation. On 4 September 2019, the Minister referred the amendments and the corresponding regulations to the UI Board for consultation before Gazetting for public comments prior to finalisation thereof.

Paid parental leave

The conclusion of this process will see employees being entitled to 10 days paid parental leave or 10 weeks paid adoption or commissioning parental leave, based on the election of the individuals concerned. The periods of absence will be paid at 66% of the employee’s salary (up to a threshold) and will be funded by the UI Fund.

Impact on employers

Although it is a step in providing some paid relief for employees in these contexts, the reality is that employers will have to up their workforce planning and scheduling as well as amend their human resources policies as may be appropriate.

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