Working Mothers in Mozambique

Does the Law have provisions on maternity leave? Yes
What is the duration of maternity leave? 8.5 weeks
What percentage of the monthly salary does a worker get during maternity leave? 100  %
Who pays for maternity leave? 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? 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 employees are entitled to a maternity leave of 60 days with full pay, paid by the social security system. The maternity leave may commence 20 days prior to the expected delivery date. The maternity leave applies equally to live births or still births. If there is a clinical risk to the health of mother or child which prevents the employee from working, she is entitled to a leave of absence before birth for such medically prescribed period as is necessary to avert that risk.

(art. 12 of Labour Code)

Maternity leave is fully paid leave. During the term of maternity leave (60 days), women are entitled to cash benefits from the social security system.

(Art. 27 of Decree 53/2007 on the System of Compulsory Social Security for workers)

More about parental leave:

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