South Africa’s new paternity leave laws are coming


The long-awaited amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) and the Unemployment Insurance Fund Act (UIFA) are nearing implementation.

On 4 September 2019, labour minister Thulas Nxesi referred the amendments and the corresponding regulations to the Unemployment Insurance Board for consultation.

The next steps will see the amendments gazetted for public comments before the legislation is finalised.

“The conclusion of this process, will see employees being entitled to 10 days of paid parental leave or 10 weeks of paid adoption or commissioning parental leave based on the choice of the individuals concerned,” says John Botha, COO of Global Business Solutions.