The reason employers set up criteria to discern whether male employees qualify for paternity leave
is to prevent abuse of this policy.
But recently, a spotlight has been put on paternity leave
in Lebanon as Diageo Lebanon, the local arm of the international spirits company, announced that it would start implementing a six-month paid maternity and paternity leave
policy as of July 1, making it one of the first companies of its scale to implement such a policy in the country.
He said: "The increase in paternity leave
helped a lot as I could be there for my family for the first and most important few weeks with my little one.
On June 20, the Human Resources Ministry proposed to introduce a three-day paternity leave
to fathers working in the private sector via amendments to the Employment Act 1955.
Diana van Maasdijk, Equileap's chief executive, said: "Sadly, not many companies are offering equal opportunities for men and women when it comes to maternity and paternity leave
, with most offering just a couple of weeks to men.
In other countries Pimentel said fathers get up to 90 days of paternity leave
with 80 percent of their regular pay.
Prince William's paternity leave
after they welcomed Prince George and Princess Charlotte was only two weeks.
The 23-year-old RA 8187 grants a statutory minimum paternity leave
of seven days with full pay to all married male employees in the private and public sectors, even to cases of miscarriage or the loss of pregnancy by the wife.
(LP, Ifugao), and Johnny Ty-Pimentel batted for the approval of a measure that would amend the Paternity Leave
Act of 1996.
If the state makes it mandatory for employers to grant paid paternity leave
alongside paid maternity leave, the neoclassical model will predict that it will reduce gender discrimination in labour market.
The experience of many Western countries has established the importance and effectiveness of providing not just the facility of paternity leave
, but holistic human resource policies geared towards supporting families with working parents.