New paternity leave benefits commenced on 1 November

Parent24 writes that on 29 October 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the sections of the Labour Laws Amendment Act 10 0f 28 will come into effect today, 1 November 2019. ACDP MP Cheryllyn Dudley first brought the proposed bill to the National Assembly in 2017. In terms of the changes, employers must provide 10 successive unpaid leave days to new fathers.

John Botha, COO of Global Business Solutions, shared with Parent24 what these amendments entail, explaining that “effectively, the amendments provide that employees that are parents in the scenarios listed can either have access to ten days of parental leave when a child is born, adopted or where commissioning parental arrangements apply, or up to ten weeks leave.”

by Lesley-Anne Johannes


Public servants call for urgent talks on wage cuts

Engineering News writes that South Africa’s public-service union called for urgent talks with the government on plans to reduce the state’s wage bill. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said last month he’s redoubling efforts to cut the government’s payroll to rein in a widening budget deficit. The Public Servants Association, the main state-employee labor union, said any attempts […]