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Goddard Enterprises introduces paternity leave

Barbados based conglomerate Goddard Enterprises Limited has introduced paternity leave for its staff across 24 countries.

CEO Anthony Ali says they wanted to ensure that fathers participated in the development of their children, since the initial bonding period when the child is born or adopted, is extremely important.

Mr. Ali says just as it happens with the mother, it should also happen with the father.

The policy, which was rolled out across all 24 countries in the GEL network in the Caribbean, Central and South America, gives fathers two weeks paid leave on the birth of their child but also includes clauses for those adopting children and for those who become parents through surrogacy.

Paternity leave can be requested for any time within the first six months following the birth or adoption of the child.

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