New fathers enjoy extended paternity leave
5 April 2007 , MADRID – Two proud new fathers became on Thursday the first in Spain to enjoy the extra paternity leave granted under the sex equality law.
5 April 2007
MADRID – Two proud new fathers became on Thursday the first in Spain to enjoy the extra paternity leave granted under the sex equality law.
Juan José Soriano, 44, and Javier Sestián, 31, are to spend the next 15 days changing nappies, making bottles and catching up on lost sleep.
They are the first fathers to benefit from the Equality Law which grants men 15, instead of two, days paternity leave.
Jesús Caldera, the minister of work and social affairs, travelled to Valencia to congratulate both new fathers and to urge others to take advantage of the extended paternity leave.
Already 300 new fathers have applied for 15 days paid leave.
Women get 16 weeks of maternity leave.
Both can claim benefits from the state during this time – even if they are self-employed.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news