Paternity leave is vital

Paternity leave is vital

Paternity leave differs from country to country. In some parts of the United States, companies offer up to six weeks of paid paternity leave and up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave, but well-paid workers might be denied this benefit. Some countries are more generous: Sweden requires a minimum of two out of the 16 maternity leave months to go to fathers.

In Singapore, the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) hopes the government will consider granting two weeks of paid paternity leave, besides the current 16 weeks of maternity leave, that may be shared with the mother in the baby's first year.

Compulsory paternity leave is essential for gender equality, and eliminates a potential excuse for discrimination against female employees. It also helps create a sense of family, as both parents are able to spend quality time with the child. However, not all families are able to afford paternity leave.

There are still battles to be fought in the workplace concerning paternal leave.

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