Parliamentary Secretary Andy Ellul has announced that fathers will now be receiving ten days of paid leave upon the birth of their child.
These 10 days will have to be taken in the first 15 days after the child’s birth or adoption took place. The law will be coming into effect as from the 2nd of August.
Previously, fathers only had one day of paid leave after the birth of their child and this new update will go along with the changes in parental law ahead of the deadline for the transposition of the EU Work Life Balance Directive.
When it comes to parental leave, parents will now be entitled to two months of paid leave at the national parental leave rate. Another two months of unpaid leave will also be available for transference from one parent to another.
This directive gives EU citizens several minimum rights when it comes to the work life. This directive requires a minimum of 10 working days of paternal leave compensated at the national sick pay level. As an EU member state, Malta had to transpose these measures into law by the 2nd of August this year.
Finally, Maltese and Gozitan families are set to start enjoying rights that I was proud to achieve on their behalf.
Just days before the transposition deadline, unprecedented rights for families are finally set to become law.#WorkLifeBalance
— David Casa (@DavidCasaMEP) July 12, 2022
Nationalist Maltese MEP David Casa was the lead negotiator of the Work-Life Balance directive and he has stated his happiness and support for the laws in a tweet that he posted, however he did point out that the laws were only announced a few days before the deadline.