New parents in Iceland have benefited from new laws that allow the father of a child to take part of the 9 month leave allowed for new parents with 80% of full pay.The law stipulates that the woman and the man each have an independent right to a 3 month leave, and they can divide 3 months between them as they please. Usually the woman takes 6 months off and the man 3. This law has resulted in a larger number of fathers using their right to a paternity leave than expected. Some mothers choose to take up to 12 months leave with ½ the benefits, dependent on employer approval.
Posted on: Feb 06 2006 in The People