Spanish fathers entitled to breastfeeding leave

Europe’s top court has declared that working fathers in Spain are entitled to take ‘breastfeeding leave’ every day, even if the mother of the child is not working.

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.

The European Union Court of Justice in Luxembourg has ruled that the Spanish law caused an “unjustified discrimination on grounds of sex” because fathers do not have the same rights as mothers.

Fathers were previously only allowed to apply for breastfeeding leave if the mother is employed full time.


 

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