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Does the Law have provisions on maternity leave? Yes
What is the duration of maternity leave? 12.0 weeks
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? 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? No provision
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 workers are entitled to twelve (12) weeks of maternity leave, to cover pre and post maternity period. Out of this twelve-week period, six-week leave is taken after delivery. Maternity leave may begin six weeks before delivery after providing medical certificate from registered practitioner, confirming that the confinement may takes place within six weeks.

Maternity leave can be extended in case of illness, certified by the registered medical practitioner, that arise out of pregnancy or confinement and make her unfit for work.

Source: §54(1-4) of the Labour Act (Cap L1 LFN 2004)

Workers on maternity leave with at least six months of continuous service with the employer, are entitled to receive at least 50% of their normal wages. Payment during maternity leave is made by the employer.

Source: §54(1) of the Labour Act (Cap L1 LFN 2004)

More about parental leave:

No provision could be located in law regarding parental leave.