Previously published in Examiner
Part 2 of the Paternity leave series
Where paternity leave is recognized
The concept of paternity leave is only a phenomenon started in North America in the 1980’s, but it has been around in other countries for much longer. European countries were already providing wages to both men and women. For example the country of Sweden was giving up to 46 days paid leave for both men and women at an incredible 90 percent of their salaries.
In Canada, paternity leave was available to the individuals working for federal organizations, but not available in the private sector. This means that about 10 percent of working Canadians had the benefit of both maternity and paternity leave. The parent taking care of the newborn or adopted child would be the entitled to the leave with pay. However, paternity leave was limited to 24 weeks of unpaid time off from work, once the mother’s paid maternity leave was over.
Male employees in the public and private sector in good standing were allowed up to six weeks of unpaid leave. On the other hand, employees in Montreal and the rest of Quebec’s public sector had a different pay scheme. Male employees got up to 5 days unpaid leave and as far as the private sector is concerned it depended on the collective agreement concerning each working establishment.
To be continued
Montreal men’s rights groups
Men`s Legal Defense Fund
4652 Sherbrooke West #3 Montreal H3Z 1G3
Tel: (514) 846-5733
Groupe d’entraide aux pères et soutien à l’enfant (GEPSE) inc.
4272 Papineau, bureau 101
Montréal, Québec H2H 1S9
Tél. 514 527-3166 Email Fax. 514 527-2667
Father’s right group since 1983.m