O'Neil Grant, President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), has said the organisation will be pushing discussions on the introduction of paternity leave in Jamaica.
Speaking this week at a JIS Think Tank, Mr. Grant noted that fathers need time off from work at the birth of their children similar to the period provided for mothers under the Maternity Leave Act.
Mr. Grant said the JCSA will also be advocating for leave for adoptive parents.
He argued that adoptive parents should be given time off to bond with the child, noting that this is akin to bringing a newborn into the world.
In the meantime, Mr. Grant said the JCSA is looking to extend the period for maternity leave.