Civil servants to get 10 days paternity leave

7th December 2005, Comments 0 comments

7 December 2005, MADRID — New fathers who work as civil servants are to get 10 days paternity leave.

7 December 2005

MADRID — New fathers who work as civil servants are to get 10 days paternity leave.

Mothers will also be able to extend their maternity leave by four more weeks, the government announced.

The new plan will also offer more flexible working hours for men as well as women.

This will mean up to the third of the working day can be devoted to family needs.

And workers will not have to leave later than 6pm.

At the same time, workers will have to complete the same number of hours each week.

But for parents with children under six, they will also be able to reduce the number of hours.

The measures were backed by civil service unions.

A forthcoming Equality Law would give all fathers paternity leave independently of how long mothers take off work. 

At present, fathers can take some of the six weeks paid time-off which mothers can take after giving birth.

But some parties, like the conservative Catalan Convergence and Union (CiU) wanted to introduce an element of "positive discrimination" in favour of new fathers and extend this time off for men.

The government hopes to see the law get approval in parliament by Spring next year.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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