Regulate paternity leave to achieve equality in the care of the baby

Equality between the various measures proposed to achieve labor conciliation paternity leave and motherhood. The last extension of the low to which parents can take leave in five weeks this time for dedication to their children.

However, some voices indicate that an extension of the paternity leave if it is not regulated. Many parents are still afraid to take this leave because they believe it could lead to their dismissal or a withholding of their salary. For this reason, we must add to these measures legislation that protects the labor rights of men.


Non-transferable and 100% paid

Among the voices that demand the regulation of these extensions is the Platform for Equal and Untransferable Permits of Birth and Adoption, PPiiNA. While on the one hand it is positively valued that the Government has in its program the achievement of equal, non-transferable paternity leave and paid at 100%, it is criticized that the budget items are lower than in other cases.

Any extension of paternity leave does not have to mean an advance towards equality. PPiiNA notes that "it would be counterproductive to use public money to expand"thoughtlessly'One week and another paternity leave, without a clear design and regulation of the permit system. "The goal should be the equal use of these times.


That is, a paternity permit that effectively allows each parent to remain in charge of their baby during the same time throughout the first year of life. Without such regulation, at the end of 16 weeks, the mother will be consolidated as the main caregiver and pressured to extend her leave with unpaid leave.

The situation of paternity leave

From January to June 2018, a total of 122,661 paternity permits were requested by the 122,183 requests that there was in the same period in 2017. An increase of 4.48% that demonstrates the awareness on the part of men of getting involved in the care of their children.

A permit that has been enjoyed almost exclusively according to the data of the Social Security. A total of 122,421 couples did not share these losses. Only 1,325 yes they used together these weeks, a figure that represents 1% of the total of couples who had a child in this period of 2018.


Damián Montero

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