Fathers to receive ten days of paid leave on the birth of their child

Jul 12 2022 Share

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.

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.


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From Thor to Minions: Here’s what you can watch at Embassy this month

From Thor to Minions: Here's what you can watch at Embassy this month
Jul 12 2022 Share

It’s that time again to highlight some of the blockbusters making their way to Embassy Cinemas this month. Here is but a short list of the most exciting films you can watch this July:

Minions: The Rise of Gru

This movie needs almost no introduction – continuing off the Despicable Me and Minions franchise by Illumination, the second addition to the Minions saga has taken the world by storm. The Minions became a cultural icon and now we get to see how they became Gru’s loyal companions. And who knows, maybe you’ll catch some guys in suits as they undertake the #gentleminions trend…

Thor: Love and Thunder

Chris Hemsworth returns as the God of Thunder in another instalment to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Once again wielding his trusty hammer (and axe?), Thor will be facing a brand new and menacing threat, a rekindled flame and go on a search to discover who he truly is. 

The Black Phone 

This month’s horror thriller is rightfully the stuff of nightmares. After being abducted by a child killer and locked in a soundproof basement, a 13-year-old boy starts to receive calls on a disconnected phone from the killer’s previous victims. The trailer is suggestive but keeps many secrets for the theatre-goer to discover once they head to the movie theatre. 

Where the Crawdads Sing

A new drama and master by director Olivia Newman, ‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ is based on a woman who raised herself in the marshes of the Deep South. However, her life is quickly turned upside down when she becomes the suspect in the murder of a man she was once involved with. Starring Daisy Edgar-Jones, this new release will have you at the edge of your seat. 



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5 days leave for people staying home to care for sick relative

5 days leave for people staying home to care for sick relative
Jul 12 2022 Share

Parliamentary Secretary Andy Ellul has just announced a new ‘carer’s leave’, which will allow parents to take unpaid time off to take care of an ill family member. 

These workers will be able to benefit from five days unpaid leave and will be applicable when a parent or worker has someone in the family who needs caring for due to being unwell.

The Parliamentary Secretary also revealed in a press conference that it will be available for people to take care of someone living in the same residence as them. 

The leave will not be taken from the worker’s own personal or sick leave. This comes along with other reforms to leave, which will see fathers getting 10 days paid leave on the birth of their child amongst others. 


Hugo’s Group and son pay tribute to beloved founder Hugo Chetcuti

Hugo’s Group and son pay tribute to beloved founder Hugo Chetcuti
Jul 12 2022 Share

Taking to their social media, Hugo’s Group paid a touching tribute to their beloved founder Hugo Chetcuti following his passing 4 years ago.

“It has been four years since the tragic passing of our beloved founder, Hugo Chetcuti. May his legacy continue to grow thanks to his son, family, committed employees and loyal clientele.”

“If you ever had the privilege of knowing and spending time with Hugo, feel free to share your experiences and photos with us to keep his memory alive.”

His son and successor, Luke Chetcuti, also shared a touching image of Chetcuti with his grandkids, writing: ‘4 years without my best friend, mentor and father.’ 

The businessman was murdered by Bojan Cmelik after being stabbed by the latter outside one of his Paceville establishments on July 6th 2018. Cmelik has since been found guilty of murder and convicted to life in jail, with a term of solitary confinement. 

Rest in Peace Hugo.