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International recruitment agency, Peopleconnection, has reported in its regular news update that paid paternity leave could become a reality in PNG in the not too distant future. The news will certainly raise hopes to employees as Papua New Guinea appears to be one of three countries that does not make it mandatory for employers to pay women on maternity leave.
The recruitment agency reports that under the proposed changes to PNG’s Employment Act, “women on maternity leave in the private sector will receive full pay and entitlements before and after birth, with the same conditions available for their spouses.”
While the report does not specifically state when this could become a reality, it does say that of the amendments “receive the nod from stakeholders over the next few weeks, we could see the introduction of compulsory paid paternity leave.”
The report further states that legislation governing industrial relations IR is also “being examined closely” so it is expected that changes changes to minimum wages, OH&S standards and industrial safety regulations can happen very soon and likely to into effect as early as next year.