'Only one adoptive parent can apply for 10 weeks parental leave'

The new parental leave has officially kicked in.

President Cyril Ramaphosa promulgated the labour relations and labour amendment acts in November 2019.

The law grants fathers 10 days of consecutive paid leave after the birth of their child while adoptive parents get 10 consecutive weeks as well as commissioning parents in a surrogate agreement.

Natasha Moni of Moni Attorneys Incorporated gives clarity on the acts.

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The parent is the person who is on the birth certificate, so it cannot be your mother or mother-in-law who gives up 10 days to come and assist you and your child.

Natasha Moni, Attorney - Moni Attorneys Incorporated

You will only get paid 66% up to the threshold and the threshold is R17,119. I have worked it out and you will be paid around R5,240 if you reach the threshold. You can only use this once a year.

Natasha Moni, Attorney - Moni Attorneys Incorporated

An adoptive parent gets 10 consecutive weeks. The two parents cannot get the 10 consecutive weeks, only one of you can get it.

Natasha Moni, Attorney - Moni Attorneys Incorporated

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