Date
21 September 2017
Labor groups have been fighting for a statutory paternity leave for working fathers since 2006. Photo: Apple Daily
Labor groups have been fighting for a statutory paternity leave for working fathers since 2006. Photo: Apple Daily

Birth pains for paternity leave bill for working fathers

A bill that seeks to make three days’ paid paternity leave a statutory benefit for working fathers may not be passed this year due to a possible move by lawmakers to amend it.

The government has said it will consult the Labor Advisory Board on the draft if lawmakers make any such move.

However, in the latest development, the Labor Department said it will resort to such consultation if there is an appearance of intent by lawmakers to change the draft, Headline Daily reported Monday.

Some democratic lawmakers have said they want to extend the statutory benefit to seven days, which means the draft bill could revert to the Labor Advisory Board for further discussion.

It’s unlikely to be taken up on second reading by the chamber before the summer break, so there is a big chance the bill will not be passed this year, the report said.

Labor sector lawmaker Bill Tang blamed the government for not trying hard enough to support the bill. Labor groups have been fighting for its passage since 2006.

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