Working Mothers in Nicaragua

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? Less than one hour
What is the length of breastfeeding breaks? No provision
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 maximum of twelve weeks of maternity leave with full pay on provision of medical certificate indicating the expected date of confinement. The Ministry of Health enact this certificate without any charges. Maternity leave includes compulsory 04 weeks of pre-natal and 08 weeks of post-natal leave.

Maternity Leave is extended up to 14 weeks (02 additional weeks) in the case of multiple births. In the case of miscarriage, stillbirth or other abnormal confinement, the woman worker shall be entitled to paid leave in accordance with the requirements of the medical certificate. 

Source: §141 of the Labour Code 1996, § 95-96 of the Social Security Law Decree No. 974

The maternity leave is fully paid after sixteen weeks of contributions in the 39 weeks before expected date of childbirth. The employer pays 40% of the maternity leave benefit and the remaining 60% is paid by the Social Security system. If a worker is not insured, 100% of the maternity leave benefit is paid by the employer.

Source: §95 of the Social Security Law Decree No. 974

More about parental leave:

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