Paternity leave in ASEAN
It is a universal assumption that mothers are the ones who take care of children, but more fathers are now taking time off to look after their new-born babies and their partners soon after childbirth. Countries worldwide are setting benchmarks for policies to support men’s involvement in parenting with a focus on paternity leave.
Based on a 2019 article, ‘Expanding paternity leave in Southeast Asia,’ by Marian Baird, Elizabeth Hill and Lisa Gulesserian on the East Asia Forum, paternity leave policies in ASEAN countries vary according to duration, wage replacement rates, funding sources and eligibility. The Philippines is a pacesetter in the region as it first introduced national paternity leave legislation in 1996. The law provides married fathers employed in both, the public... Read More