Law 29409 will come into force on 6 July 2019 and provide father’s with a right to take 10 consecutive days paid paternity leave after the birth of the child. In cases of premature or multiple births, the employee will be entitled to 20 consecutive days paid leave and in cases of births with congenital disease, severe disability or serious complications for the mother the employee will be entitled to 30 consecutive days paid leave.
Leave will start either from the date of the birth of the child, the date of discharge from the hospital or three days before the due date. If the mother dies during childbirth the father will be entitled to take the mother’s maternity leave.
An employee is also entitled to request that his paternity leave is extended by using his holiday leave provided this request is made no less than 15 calendar days before the due date.