15-day paternity leave approved in Thailand

The Cabinet has approved paid leave of up to 15 days for state officials or employees whose wives have given birth to take care of the new mothers and babies, acting government spokesman Anusorn Eiumsa-ard said yesterday.

Saying that the Cabinet had approved the draft royal decree for state officials' salary and other payments as well as the draft regulation for state employees' payments, Anusorn explained that the first draft included permission for state officials to take up to 15 days off at full salary within 30 days of the child's birth.

However, if state officials wanted to take the days off to take care of their wives after that 30-day period, it would be up to their supervisor, at the director general or equivalent position, if the officials would receive payment during the leave period.

The officials taking extra days off to take care of their newborns would not be entitled to the salary payment, he added.

The draft royal decree also allows state officials who haven't been ordained as Buddhist monks or on a pilgrimage to Mecca to take religious leave with salary payment for up to 120 days, while officials wishing to take leave for vocational rehabilitation were entitled to leave with salary payment for up to 12 months.

The draft regulation for state employees' payments covered the same terms and the rules were thus applicable to state employees too, he added.

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