Tag Archives: Paternity Leave

IKEA GIVES NEW FATHERS 4 WEEKS PATERNITY LEAVE, WHY NO ONE ELSE FOLLOW?

Workers in IKEA can claim the benefit regardless of how many children they have, but it must be used within the first 6 months of the child’s birth. According to IKEA’s HR department, the benefit was to promote gender equality and enable fathers to take on more active roles at home, which it says is part of “Swedish values”.

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EXTRA 1 WEEK PATERNITY LEAVE MAY BECOME MANDATORY IN A FEW YEARS

According to Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Grace Fu, while the newly announced extra week of paternity leave will be implemented on a voluntary basis for now, the scheme may become mandatory in a few years. She says that the government would consult with employers and unions before legislating the move.

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SOME EMPLOYERS CONCERNED ABOUT GOVT PRO-FAMILY POLICIES

In Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's National Day Rally speech, he said that fathers will get two weeks of paternity leave, up from one week. The government would pay the employee's salary for this additional week, although the scheme will be rolled out first on a voluntary basis. While many parents, fathers especially, cheered the government's announcement, some employers have already begun to express concerns about such pro-family policies.

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