Mères qui Travaillent - Colombia

Does the Law have provisions on maternity leave? Yes
What is the duration of maternity leave? 14.0 weeks
What percentage of the monthly salary does a worker get during maternity leave? 100  %
Who pays for maternity leave? Government
Does the law require that workers be protected from dismissals during the term of pregnancy and maternity leave? Yes
Does the law provide for the right to return to same position after availing maternity leave? Yes
Does the law require that pregnant and nursing workers must not be engaged in harmful work? Yes
Does the law require that pregnant workers be provided free ante and post natal medical care? Yes
Does the law provide for breastfeeding breaks for nursing mothers? Yes
What is the duration of breastfeeding breaks, as provided by the law? One hour
What is the length of breastfeeding breaks? Breastfeeding breaks are provided for the first 6 month(s) of life of the child
Does the law require parental leave for parents? No
Does the law require that parents with minor children or workers with other family responsibilities be provided with flexible time or part time work options? No

To comply with international standards, maternity leave duration should be at least 14 weeks and during maternity leave workers should be paid at least 67% of their wage.


More about maternity leave:

Female employees are entitled to a maximum of fourteen weeks of maternity leave with full pay including 02 weeks of prenatal and 12 weeks of postnatal leave. It includes one-week compulsory pre-natal leave. Maternity leave can be extended up to two additional weeks in case of multiple or premature births.

It is obligatory for a pregnant worker to inform the employer about her pregnancy, the presumed date of confinement and the date of commencement of maternity leave. A medical certificate must also be provided upon confinement.

In case of miscarriage and premature birth, female worker is entitled to paid leave for two to four weeks.  To avail this leave, an employee must provide a medical certificate to the employer, indicating the date on which abortion or miscarriage occurred and rest time recommended by the doctor.

Source: §236-237 of the Labour Code 1961, amended in 2013

The maternity leave is awarded with full pay and is paid through social security system.

Source: §236 of the Labour Code 1961, amended in 2013; §157 & 207 of Law no. 100 1993

More about parental leave:

There is no provision in the law on paid or unpaid parental leave.