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This Company in Lebanon is Offering Paternity Leave!

Author: Marian Mezher, The 961 (Lebanon) , Published on: 29 July 2019

Lebanese law in regard to paid Maternity Leave entitles women in the workforce to ten weeks instead of the previous seven weeks. While that small extension was welcomed, it is still falling short of the minimum requirement of six months for the infant to be developed enough so the mother could resume her job... Lebanese fathers of infants do not benefit from Paternity Leave in the private sector... The new generation of Lebanese fathers has recognized the importance of their participating role... They do want to be fully available for them as it is the case in most countries. However, there hasn't been any serious consideration from the lawmakers and the corporations... Starting early July, Diageo has implemented a significant Paternity Leave for new fathers, which quite frankly is a foreign concept in Lebanon. This policy has been enforced in all their companies around the world, and for all the new fathers regardless of how long they have been working for the company. They also offer the mothers a fully paid 26-week paid leave, which is 15 weeks more than the applied law in Lebanon.

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