Fathers could get two weeks paternity leave

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21 November 2005, MADRID — Spain could grant new fathers two weeks paternity leave in a new law.

21 November 2005

MADRID — Spain could grant new fathers two weeks paternity leave in a new law.

The Equality Law would give fathers the leave independently of how long mothers take off work. 

The government met with business leaders and unionists to discuss the proposal in the forthcoming law.

The government's secretary general for equality, Soledad Murillo, said this was an "experimental measure".

She said granting four weeks paternity leave, as had been suggested by some parties, would not be practical.

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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