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Trade Union Urges Sarawak To Increase Paternity Leaves

Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) Sarawak has urged the state to follow peninsular Malaysia in increasing the paternity leave from three to seven days. Its secretary Andrew Lo said that although the law does not apply to Sarawak, the state should still follow suit and increase paternity leave. He reminded that the state has no sexual harassment prevention and part-time workers provision, but it should lead in labour standards if it wants to lead in economic development.

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Andrew Lo said that the previous improvement to the Employment Act 2008 has yet not been incorporated into the Sarawak Labour Ordinance (SLO).

The amendment to the Employment Act 1955 (Act 265). which proposed increases in paternity leave from three to seven days was approved in the parliament on Monday.

The intention behind the move is to ensure that male workers get more space to manage family affairs after welcoming their newborn babies. However, the employee must be working under the same employer for 12 months to be eligible for this leave.

A person will get paternity leave only till five births, no matter the number of wives and the leave will take effect on the day of the birth.

According to the amendment, maternity leave has also been increased from 60 to 98 days in line with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention.