SECOND READING: LABOUR LAWS AMENDMENT BILL

  • November 28, 2017 | Honorable Deidre Carter


SECOND READING: LABOUR LAWS AMENDMENT BILL
 
Speaker, COPE notes that this Bill, the Labour Laws Amendment Bill, was initiated as a Private Members Bill by the Honourable Dudley of the ACDP on the pretext that provision should be made in law for ‘paternity leave’.
It is noted that the Bill seeks to provide for parental leave, adoption leave and commissioning parental leave; that it also provides for the payment of parental benefits as well as commissioning parental benefits from the Unemployment Insurance Fund. 


COPE notes that the Portfolio Committee on Labour redrafted the Bill and made amendments that enables a prospective adoptive parent to access the adoption leave and adoption benefits which are paid out by the Unemployment Insurance Fund; and that it also amended the Bill to align it with the amendments contained in the recently passed Unemployment Insurance Amendment Bill.
COPE notes that the ACDP has its own ideological and religious outlook, but agrees that the Bill must pass Constitutional and legislative muster. As such, the right of same-sex couples to adopt children and the implications hereof on the Bill must be catered for.


Nonetheless, COPE expresses it appreciation to the Honourable Dudley and the ACDP.


COPE supports the purport of the Bill.