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Australia

Australia introduces paid family and domestic violence leave

The Australian government recently introduced an amendment bill to provide employees with 10 days of employer-paid family and domestic violence leave. The Fair Work Amendment Bill 2022 was introduced on 28 July 2022, by the Australian Labor Party following the May 2022 federal election. The Bill has not passed yet. It is still unclear when the bill will pass.

Malaysia

Malaysia to expand family leave entitlements [Updated]

On 30 March 2022, the Malaysian Parliament passed the Employment Bill 2021 introducing several amendments to the Employment Act of 1955, including the extension of the maternity leave from 60 days to 98 days and the introduction of a seven-day employer-paid paternity leave. The new Bill will enter into effect on 1 January 2023.

Croatia

Croatia introduces paternity leave

The government of Croatia recently passed new legislation transposing the European Union Directive 2019/1158 of 20 June 2019 on work-life balance for parents and carers. The new legislation which introduces a 10-day government-paid paternity leave, entered into effect on 1 August 2022.

Italy

Italy expands family leave entitlements  

The Italian government recently passed new legislation transposing the European Union Directive 2019/1158 of 20 June 2019, on work-life balance for parents and carers. The new legislation amends paternity and parental leave requirements as well as flexible working arrangements. Legislative Decree No. 105/2022 entered into effect on 1 August 2022.

Malta

Malta expands family leave entitlements

The government of Malta recently passed new legislation transposing the European Union (EU) Directive 2019/1158 of 20 June 2019 (the “Directive”) on work-life balance for parents and carers. The new legislation amends parental leave requirements and introduces paid paternity leave, carer’s leave and flexible working arrangements.

Ireland

Ireland extends parent’s leave

The Irish government passed a law extending the government-paid parent’s leave from five weeks to seven weeks. The Parent’s Leave and Benefit Act 2019 (Extension of Periods of Leave) Order 2022 entered into force on 2 July 2022.

Japan

Japan to increase family leave entitlements [Updated]

The Japanese government passed legislation amending the Child and Family Care Act by introducing a four-week paternity leave and adding more flexibility to existing parental leave entitlements to ensure a better work-life balance for working parents. The new legislation entered into effect 1 April 2022, with many provisions entering into effect over the following months.

Spain

Spain to introduce menstrual leave

The Spanish government recently approved a new bill introducing multiple changes to menstrual and reproductive health legislation including a government-paid temporary sick leave for female employees who suffer severe menstrual pain. The new leave (also called “menstrual leave”) may be taken for as long as needed so long as the temporary medical incapacity is approved by a doctor.
The Bill will enter into effect once passed by the Spanish parliament. It is unlikely that the bill will be presented to the parliament before the end of 2022 (the exact date is still yet to be determined).

Costa Rica

Costa Rica to introduce paternity leave and other special leaves

The Legislative Assembly of Costa Rica recently approved a reform to the labor code creating paid paternity leave for a total of eight days and special paid leaves including an adoption leave, a care leave and breastfeeding breaks.
The bill is expected to be enacted into law once signed by the Costa Rican president and published in the official gazette

Finland equalizes family leave entitlements between parents

The Finnish parliament recently adopted a bill introducing a government-paid pregnancy leave and an unpaid carer’s leave, as well as equalizing family leave entitlements between both parents, including same-sex couples and adoptive parents. The family leave reform entered into effect on 1 August 2022, and applies to births from 4 September 2022 and placements for adoption on or after 31 July 2022.