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Does the Law have provisions on maternity leave? Yes
What is the duration of maternity leave? 8.0 weeks
What percentage of the monthly salary does a worker get during maternity leave? 100  %
Who pays for maternity leave? Employer
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? No
Does the law require that pregnant workers be provided free ante and post natal medical care? No
Does the law provide for breastfeeding breaks for nursing mothers? No
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:

A female employee is entitled, within every three years, to at least eight weeks’ maternity leave on full pay. In the event of illness, certified by a registered medical practitioner, arising out of pregnancy or confinement, affecting the employee or her child, the employer must grant the employee additional paid leave as the employer may deem fit.

Source: §47 of the Employment Act (No. 6 of 2000), last amended in 2010

Every pregnant worker is entitled to a fully paid 8-week maternity leave. Maternity leave is paid by the employer.

During maternity leave, worker’s normal benefits and entitlements, including her contractual rights and accumulation of seniority, continue uninterrupted and her period of employment is not considered to have been interrupted, reduced or broken.

Source: §47 of the Employment Act (No. 6 of 2000), last amended in 2010

More about parental leave:

No provisions on parental leave could be identified within the law.