Labor Reform Seeks to Increase Paternity Leave from Five to 12 Weeks
Labor and Employment attorney Camilo Cuervo was quoted in an article published by La República about Colombia's labor reform seeking to modify paternity leave in the country. The reform, which is currently being reviewed by Congress, proposes that paternity leave be increased to 12 weeks. If approved, parental leave will be increased gradually until 2026. Mr. Cuervo commented on the impact that this leave would have on employers.
"It's a big change that doesn't take into account unemployment dynamics," he said. "It would be 10 more weeks than what is currently in place; at first, the Social Security System would be in charge of payments, but it implies a time issue for the employer. There is no explanation for this change in the law."