Working Mothers in Cape Verde

Does the Law have provisions on maternity leave? Yes
What is the duration of maternity leave? 9.0 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? No
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? Less than 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:

In the event of birth, women are entitled to 60 days of maternity leave.

If the work poses risk to the health of a pregnant worker or the baby and is not assured a place of work and functions appropriate and compatible with her state, the worker has the right to enjoy a special leave for the time necessary to prevent the risk.

Source: §271 & 273 of Labour Code 2007

During maternity leave, the worker is entitled to receive from the employer the difference between her normal salary and the benefits paid by social security. The benefit paid by the social security is either 90% of the insured worker’s last monthly earnings or the average of earnings in the last 4 months whichever is higher. If the female worker has not paid contributions into the social security system, the employer must pay the full amount of the benefit during the maternity leave period that is 60 days.

Source: §212 of Labour Code 2007

More about parental leave:

No provisions related to parental leave and any subsequent compensation could be identified from the Law.