In a significant development, Thai male government officials have been granted the right to take 15 consecutive working days of paternity leave on full pay. The decision, which was announced through an edict signed by Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam on May 23, aims to provide support to government employees in caring for their wives after childbirth.
Under the newly updated regulations, officials who take leave for a continuous period of 30 days to assist their spouses after delivery will still receive only 15 days’ pay. If officials choose to extend their leave beyond 30 days, they will not receive any payment unless authorized by a director-general or an equivalent authority. In such cases, the payment will also not exceed 15 days.
To avail themselves of paternity leave, officials are required to seek permission from their superiors within 90 days after the birth of their child.
This move reflects the government’s efforts to enhance work-life balance and provide support to its employees in fulfilling their family responsibilities. By granting paternity leave, officials can prioritize the well-being of their spouses and newborns during the crucial postnatal period. The policy also acknowledges the significance of fathers’ involvement in childcare and aims to foster a supportive environment for family bonding.
The introduction of paternity leave aligns Thailand more closely with global trends and best practices in promoting gender equality. It recognizes the shared responsibility of parenting and provides fathers with the opportunity to actively participate in their children’s early development.