Nod for paternity leave — but only in Islamabad
October 28 2020 12:53 AM

The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Law and Justice approved a bill allowing one-month paternity leave to fathers on the birth of their new child.
The bill said mothers will get a six-month leave and fathers eligible for a leave of one month on the birth of their first child. On the birth of the second child, the mother will get a four-month leave and the father a month off.
Fathers will also get the same time off for a third child but the mother will have a three-month time-out.
The bill states that fathers will be able to get leave for the birth of the first three children only. The bill will be applicable only in Islamabad.
“The law will apply to all government and non-government institutions in the federal capital,” said Shazia Marri, a parliamentarian from the Pakistan People’s Party.
Taking to Twitter, the lawmaker from Sanghar said the bill was moved by Senator Quratulain Marri, her sister, a year ago.
“Extremely happy and immensely proud to share that two important bills moved by Senator Quratulain Marri have finally been passed by the NA standing committee on Law and Justice after their passage from Senate,” said Shazia.
The PPP MNA said the bills were passed “after a year and half’s hard work”.

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