n South African Journal of Labour Relations - Parental leave rights : have fathers been forgotten and does it matter?

Volume 36, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0379-8410
  • E-ISSN: 2520-3223



The progressive labour legislation regime in South Africa still fails to explicitly recognise the rights of working fathers. This paper examines the leave entitlements afforded to fathers in South Africa, benchmarks these against those offered in other countries, assesses whether current provisions meet international obligations endorsed by the South African government, and advocates changes in South African labour legislation. We argue that South African labour legislation requires careful revision in order to support fathers' family care roles.

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