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Ministry to decide on date for new leave entitlements

August 2, 2018 7:45 pm

Employment Minister Jone Usamate has confirmed that a date for the effective rollout of the new leave entitlements has yet to be decided.

Usamate says since the budget announcement, there is a need for businesses and the authorities responsible to put in place the necessary framework.

The new leave entitlements will include the introduction of Family Care Leave and Paternity Leave, an allocation of five fully paid leave days in which employers will be given a 150 percent tax rebate when employees use these entitlements.

Under Family Care Leave, all Fijians will be able to use this to attend to family emergencies and also to care for their sick loved ones.

Paternity leave will be for all fathers to take five days either three months before the birth of their child or three months after the birth.

Maternity leave will also increase from the current 84 days to 98 days.

“It’ll be, it will be implemented shortly, it will most probably be, we’ll have to give some time for the employers to adjust, you know when you announce something, they have to make their own adjustments and you know there’s also the tax rebate for the family care leave and the paternity leave so those sorts of mechanisms also need to be sorted out by FRCS.”

Meanwhile, Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum announced in the budget address in June the new leave entitlements will be effective from January 1st, 2019.