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NTUC proposes 2 weeks of paternity leave for new dads

NTUC calls for two weeks' paternity leave, wants bosses to show they put families first

Published on Oct 7, 2012 6:00 AM

The National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) thinks fathers should get two weeks' paid paternity leave to be more active in caring for their babies.

Announcing its latest pro-family and pro-baby ideas, assistant secretary-general Cham Hui Fong said on Saturday that the labour movement hoped the Government would consider granting fathers this time off.

It is proposing paternity leave in addition to the current 16 weeks of maternity leave, and that a father may share his leave with his wife during their baby's first year.

The NTUC, which earlier raised employers' hackles by suggesting that maternity leave be extended to six months, has been busy asking married workers, women between 30 and 39 years old, as well as singles, how workplaces can be more family-friendly.

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