Europe’s top court has declared that working fathers in Spain are entitled to take ‘breastfeeding leave’ everyday, even if the mother of the child is not employed.
The new legislation means that both the mother and father are allowed to leave work for an hour during the day or reduce their working day by half an hour during the first nine months following the birth of a child.
Fathers are currently only allowed to apply for breastfeeding leave if the mother is employed full time.
The Spanish man who challenged the law, Pedro Manuel Roca Alvarez, said his request to take breastfeeding leave from his job in Galicia was rejected because the mother of his child was self-employed.
The top court said such a refusal could have the effect of forcing self-employed mothers to limit their work because the father cannot share the burden.
Not giving dads the same right as mums in this case “is liable to … keep men in a role subsidiary to that of women in relation to the exercise of their parental duties,” the court ruled.
Breastfeeding leave should now be considered as “time purely devoted to the child” in order to reconcile family life and work after maternity leave.
As taken from The Telegraph.co.uk
Wow that is really cool, they are allowed 1 hour per day to leave work for time purely devoted to the child 🙂
Not sure how the logistics of this would work as some fathers work a long way from their home but wow!