Workers Can Work Fewer Hours Instead of Childcare Leave

      February 02, 2012 12:35

      Workers with children under six can soon opt to work fewer hours instead of applying for childcare leave. Also, men will be able to take two more days off when their wives give birth.

      The Ministry of Employment and Labor on Wednesday said the changes are part of a revised law that will take effect on Aug. 2. Workers with children under six can opt to work fewer hours instead of taking the maximum one-year childcare leave.

      Working hours can be lowered by between 15 to 30 hours per week and employers should allow such flexible work options unless there are specific problems making that impossible.

      If an employee who used to work 40 hours a week puts in only 25 hours, he or she will receive full pay for the hours worked and 40 percent of their salary for the hours of leave. Men can take up to five days leave if their wives give birth, but only the first three days will be paid.

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