Israel: 8 days paternity leave?

A first in Israel: The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approves eight-day paternity leave for fathers; Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender group says proposed law excludes same-sex couples.

138295142590741271a_bOn Sunday, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a bill proposed by MK Tamar Zandberg (Meretz), that entitles fathers to eight days paid paternity leave.

The original bill was proposed by MK Uri Ariel (Habayit Hayehudi) in the previous Knesset and passed a first reading but then lost its momentum.

The law will give fathers an eight-day paternity leave comprised of three paid vacation days and five sick days, at their employer’s expense.

Zandberg revived the proposed bill after making deals with the Economy and Finance ministries and after getting both the coalition and opposition on board.

Nevertheless, not everyone is equally thrilled. “The bill in its present format discriminates and hurts gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual parents,” the Aguda, the National Association of GLBT in Israel, said in a statement on Sunday. “It is a pity that it has been put forward in this way.”

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