Working Mothers in Burundi

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? 100  %
Who pays for maternity leave? Both employer and 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 maternity leave of 12 weeks with full pay, including 6 weeks of prenatal leave.  Maternity leave may be extended up to 14 weeks.

Pregnant workers are required to provide medical certificate indicating the presumed date of birth. In case the confinement takes place after the presumed date, the pre-natal leave can be extended until the effective date of birth, without having the compulsory leave duration reduced after the birth.

Source: § 122 of the Labour Code 1993

Maternity leave is fully paid leave. Employer and Social Security Institution share the cost. 50% of the daily benefit is paid by the employer and the other 50% is shared by the Government/Social Security.

Source:§ 123 of the Labour Code 1993; § 34 of the Social Security Code 1999

More about parental leave:

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