Parliamentary Secretary Andy Ellul and Principal Permanent Secretary Tony Sultana announced that one out of 5 days of carers' leave will be paid for public sector employees.
As of today, new rights are being introduced to achieve a better work-life balance, including ten days of paternity leave, four months of leave for parents (two months of which will be paid), the right to flexibility at work, and five days carers' leave.
Public Service Head Tony Sultana said that with this decision, the Public Service continues to invest in the public officer, maintaining competitiveness, and continues to act as a model employer which incentivises other sectors to follow suit.
Parliamentary Secretary for Social Dialogue Andy Ellul insisted that the government wants to convey the message that these rights are there to increase. He thanked the principal permanent secretary for ensuring that the government goes over and above the legal minimum as regards carers' leave.
The new rights are only a first step, with the government committed to building on these rights that offer a better work-life balance so that workers have a higher quality of life.