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Brazil: Paternity Leave Expanded to 15 Days

(Sept. 3, 2008) On August 6, 2008, the Commission on Social Affairs of the Brazilian Federal Senate approved a proposal for the expansion of paternity leave from five days to 15, without prejudice to the father's salary or job security. The proposal also extends the benefit to fathers who adopt a child. During the meeting at which the proposal was approved, Senator Rosalba Ciarlini was quoted as saying that it is also important to emphasize that the proposal creates a period of stability of 30 days, commencing from the end of the leave period, during which the employee cannot be fired without good cause. The proposal will now be forwarded to the Chamber of Deputies for discussion and, if approved, will then go to the President of Brazil for his approval. (Licença Paternidade de 15 Dias é Aprovada na Comissão de Assuntos Sociais do Senado, O GLOBO (O)NLINE, Aug. 6, 2008, available at