The Labour Laws Amendment Bill (“LLAB“) seeks to amend the Basic Conditions of Employment Act 55 of 1998 and Unemployment Insurance Act 63 of 2001 (“UIF Act“) by proposing 10 weeks adoption leave for adoptive parents and 10 weeks commissioning parental leave for commissioning parents in a surrogate motherhood agreement.

The LLAB provides that a collective agreement may not reduce an employee’s entitlement to parental, adoption or commissioning parental leave. It further seeks to amend the UIF Act to provide for the right to claim parental and commissioning parental benefits from the UIF.

The LLAB will now proceed to National Council of Provinces and National Assembly which must pass the bill before being assented to by the President.