Fathers are now entitled to 10 days of paternity leave, and in some special cases up to 23 days, according to a new law approved on February 10, 2009.
The main provisions of the law are as follows:
- Fathers will be granted 10 paid days off in case of a natural birth, and an additional five days for caesarean or multiple births. If the newborn is premature or in a delicate condition, up to 23 days off will be available.
- If the mother does not survive through labor, the father will be entitled to take any maternity leave remaining, which adds up to a total of 12 weeks.
- Adoptive parents will receive leave of up to 15 days from the time their child is delivered.
- Separately from paternity leave, fathers can also take up to 25 paid days off if their children need to be hospitalized or have a degenerative disease. They will need to show a medical certificate to take this leave.