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Jakarta Post

Jakarta applies paternity leave for male employees

  • Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 13, 2018   /   06:45 pm
Jakarta applies paternity leave for male employees It is important for men to maximize their paternity leave and network with each other so that they can support one another, especially after the Jakarta administration granted it last year. (Shutterstock/File)

The Jakarta administration revealed on Tuesday that it had granted paternity leave to male employees since last year, following the National Civil Service (BKN) Agency’s Regulation No. 24/2017 about the procedures of granting leave to civil servants.

Jakarta Employment Agency head Syamsudin Lologau said every male employee, whose wife was about to give birth, could take leave of up to one month, “but the majority only take five days off”.

The regulation states that male employees can be granted leave by providing a statement letter from a healthcare service.

BKN agency spokesman Mohammad Ridwan said paternity leave was part of the government’s effort to promote gender equality by giving male employees a chance to take care of their families.

“The regulation also stipulates that paternity leave does not cut into annual leave. Male civil servants will still receive their monthly income,” Ridwan said, as reported by Antara on Tuesday, adding that the income comprised both salary and allowances.

Previously, there had not been any regulation on paternity leave in Indonesia, Ridwan acknowledged, adding that the 2003 Manpower Law only permitted male workers to take two days leave to accompany their wives when they gave birth.

The same law also provides female workers with three months maternity leave.