Working Mothers in Zimbabwe

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? Employer
Does the law require that workers be protected from dismissals during the term of pregnancy and maternity leave? No
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? No
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 6 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:

Labour Relation Act provides maternity leave upon production of a medical certificate. Female employees are granted maternity leave for a period of 98 days on full pay. A female employee may proceed on maternity leave not earlier than the forty-fifth day and not later than the twenty-first day prior to the expected date of delivery.


Paid maternity leave is granted only once during any period of twenty-four months calculated from the day any previous maternity leave granted. Law also limits the number of times (to three only) when maternity leave can be availed by a worker while working with a specific employer.


Source: §18 of the Labour Act 2005

Maternity leave is awarded with full pay to the woman worker who must have served an enterprise for at least 12 months prior to availing the maternity leave.


Source: §18 of the Labour Act 2005

More about parental leave:

No specific leave entitlements found in the law on parental leave.