|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?||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 12 month(s) of life of the child|
|Does the law require parental leave for parents?||Yes|
|Does the law provide for paid or unpaid parental leave?||Paid|
|Who pays for parental leave?||Employer|
|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 12 weeks (84 days) of maternity leave with full pay. Pregnant worker has to provide medical certificate issued by a medical practitioner or mid- wife, indicating the expected date of her confinement.
The maternity leave can be extended by two additional (2) weeks in case of caesarean delivery/abnormal birth or twin (or more) births. Extended leave are granted in case of illness due to pregnancy or confinement, certified by the medical practitioner. Maximum limit of extended leave is not mentioned in the law.
Sources: § 57 (1 & 3-5) of the Labour Act 2003 (Act 651)
Workers on maternity leave are entitled to full wages during the eighty four day period. The maternity benefit is paid by the employer. A woman worker on maternity leave is entitled to her full remuneration and other benefits to which she is otherwise entitled.
Sources: § 57(2) of the Labour Act 2003 (Act 651)
More about parental leave:
There is no provision in the law on paid or unpaid parental leave.