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Paternity leave extended

Released at: 08:48, 29/10/2015

Paternity leave extended

Fathers able to take between 5 and 14 days paternity leave under changes to Law on Social Insurance.

by Son Ho

Men will be able to take five to 14 days off work as paternity leave when their wife gives birth, up from five days, with the leave depending on the number of children born and the method of birth, under the amended Law on Social Insurance, which will take effect on January 1, 2016.

If the husband has social insurance the family will also receive two month’s basic salary. If a surrogate is used, both parties are entitled to maternity leave.

The Law also lowers the minimum income applying to social insurance, to VND400,000 ($18) per month, equal to the standard of poor household in rural areas. It also removes age limits applying to social insurance.

Individuals with incurable diseases or those residing overseas who suffer an illness are allowed to receive a one-time social insurance payment if they have paid social insurance for 20 years.

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