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Bill seeks a better deal for new fathers

A DRAFT bill on paternity leave and allowance was discussed at Monday’s House labour committee that aims to bridge the gap in the current legislation.

According to the chairman Andreas Fakontis, the bill, submitted by EDEK, seeks to eliminate discrimination against fathers by offering them a total of four weeks’ leave, two weeks before or after the child’s birth or adoption and the other two weeks after the mother returns to work.

“We want to better reconcile professional and personal life,” Fakontis said.

Fakontis said initial reactions were positive and the labour ministry would conduct a study on evaluating the costs of implementing the proposal.

The matter will be discussed with the Social Insurance Council and the labour advisory board.

“We expect the proposed regulation to contribute to re-enforcing the role of both parents in the first stages of a child’s birth or adoption,” EDEK MP RoulaMavronicola said.

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