Working Mothers in Paraguay

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? 75  %
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? 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 24 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 maximum of twelve weeks of maternity leave. According to the Labour Code, pregnant workers are entitled to 6 weeks of maternity leave before confinement (pre-natal) and 6 weeks after the confinement (post-natal). The six-week post-natal leave is obligatory. Maternity leave is provided when a worker presents a medical certificate, indicating the date of confinement, issued by the Social Institution for the Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare.

Maternity leave can be extended as necessary to her recovery if a worker's health is not restored after maternity leave and she is unable to return to work.

Source: §133-135 of the Labour Code 1993

Female workers are entitled to cash benefits during maternity leave if she has contributed for at least six weeks during the four months preceding the maternity leave.


Despite 12 weeks of maternity leave, cash benefit is provided only for 9 weeks (3 weeks prior to confinement and 6 weeks after birth). Maternity leave benefit is provided by Social Security/Government and is equivalent to 50% of the average salary the worker received in the four months prior to delivery.


Source: §32, 37 & 39 of Law 1860/50 on Establishment of Social Security

More about parental leave:

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