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Does the Law have provisions on maternity leave? Yes
What is the duration of maternity leave? 12.0 weeks
What percentage of the monthly salary does a worker get during maternity leave? 60  %
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? No
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 12 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 workers are entitled to a maximum of twelve weeks of maternity leave with pay. Working woman are required to provide medical certificates signed by a doctor, confirming the expected date of delivery before starting of the maternity leave; and the exact date of delivery after childbirth. A woman may start her leave two weeks before the tentative date of delivery. A woman worker who delivers a still-born or whose infant dies within one month of birth also benefits from a leave of four weeks from the day such event occurred (total of 06 weeks).

Under Social Security Policy, a woman on maternity leave can extend the leave by an additional 6 months following medical certification of her inability to resume work. However, this Policy was adopted in February 2009 while the new Labour Code was promulgated in May 2009 and this new Code has no such provision.

Source: §64 & 68 of the Law regulating Labour in Rwanda, 2009 (aka Labour Code), § 4(3) of the Social Security Policy

Women workers are entitle to fully paid maternity leave for the first 6 weeks. While for the last 6 weeks, a new mother may resume work (and receive full salary) or receive 20% of her salary for these 6 weeks and remain at home.

The government of Rwanda has submitted a bill in parliament that sets up a national fund which will cover full monthly pay for working mothers during maternity leave of 12 weeks. With the proposed bill, the employer will pay half the salary while the fund covers the remaining half, this will allow mothers to stay home much longer during the time babies need them most. (www.mifotra.gov.rw/index.php?id=79&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=300&cHash=89f7e4ef39251f75da8b942b0b324f40 )

Source: §65 of the Law regulating Labour in Rwanda, 2009 (aka Labour Code)

More about parental leave:

No provisions could be located in the law supporting parental leave for new parents after exhaustion of maternity leave.