Working Mothers in Senegal

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? 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 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 14 weeks (98 days) of maternity leave including 8 weeks of post natal maternity leave. Employment contract of a female worker is suspended during pregnancy. In case of illness, arising out of pregnancy or confinement certified by a medical practitioner, maternity leave can be extended by three more weeks.

Source: §143 of the Labour Code 1997

The maternity allowance is calculated at a rate of full daily wage actually received by the employee in the last pay. The maternity benefits are paid by the Government.

Source: §17, 20, 27 & 132 of Social Security Code 1973

More about parental leave:

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