Working Mothers in Benin

Does the Law have provisions on maternity leave? Yes
What is the duration of maternity leave? 14.0 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? 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? 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 15 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  fourteen weeks of maternity leave with full pay. Maternity leave can be taken as six weeks before the expected date of confinement (ante natal) and eight weeks after childbirth (post natal). When the delivery occurs before the expected date, the period of rest is extended until the completion of the fourteen weeks to which the employee is entitled. When confinement occurs after the presumed date, the woman returns to work after eight weeks of delivery.

The Labour Law provides extension in maternity leave in the event of post-natal illness. Extension in maternity leave is not provided for multiple births.

Source: § 170 of the Labour Code 1998

The maternity leave is fully paid leave. The maternity pay is equal to the salary received before the maternity leave. The maternity benefits are financed 50% by the social security and 50% by the employer.

Source: §170 of the Labour Code 1998, § 49-50 of Social Security Code 2003

More about parental leave:

There is no provision in the law on paid or unpaid parental leave.