Family Responsibilities

Paternity Leave

In accordance with section 27 of the BCEA, workers with at least 4 months of service are entitled to fully paid family responsibility leave of 3 days during each annual leave cycle (12 months). Family responsibilities include the birth of a child, among other family events.

Upon the request of the employer, a worker must provide reasonable proof of the event necessitating family responsibility leave. In other words, if the employee’s child is born, a birth certificate and possibly proof of paternity should be provided to the employer.

Source: § 27 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act 1997 (last amended in 2014)

Parental Leave

No provisions could be located in the law supporting parental leave for new parents after exhaustion of maternity leave.  

Flexible Work Option for Parents / Work-Life Balance

No provisions could be located in the law supporting work-life balance for parents or workers with family responsibilities.

Regulations on Family Responsibilities

  • Basic Conditions of Employment Act, 1997 (amended in 2002 & 2013)