Thailand increases maternity leave for public officials

THAILAND: Thailand's civil service will have access to twice as much maternity leave this year, as the national government steps up its encouragement of parenthood and working mothers.

The Thailand cabinet has given an in-principal approval to increase the period of paid maternity leave for its public officials up to six months (from the current three months of paid leave).

This is done to provide support and allow mothers to continue breastfeeding their newborns with less worry, said Rachada Dhnadirek, deputy government spokeswoman told local media.

The cabinet also approved a flexible policy for new fathers, who will have access to 15 days of paternity leave. This can be spread out over the course of up to one year.

The Thai government will also extend the service hours of nurseries operated by local authorities to match those of working parents.

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