Panama: Another "Social Burden" for Businesses

The union of builders is opposed a bill creating a paid paternity leave for workers, arguing that there would be economic repercussions for businesses.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

From a statement issued by the Panamanian Chamber of Construction:

The Panamanian Chamber of Construction described the measure as being inconsiderate of the large economic impact it would have on companies, after the initiative was put forward by the Minister of Labor and Workforce Development (MITRADEL), detailing the creation of paid parental leave for workers with the intention of maintaining an egalitarian gender policy with regard to women. 

Like other business associations, the CAPAC believes that any measure in this regard should take into consideration the concept of responsible parenthood, defining as such that any benefits in this regard should benefit children born in marriage, assuming the coexistence of the couple and the participation of both at the time of birth and in taking care of their children in the following days.
Moreover, the CAPAC points out that maternity leave is supported financially in the payment of a fee to the social security department, it is shared between the worker and the company. 

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