Working Mothers in South Sudan

Does the Law have provisions on maternity leave? Yes
What is the duration of maternity leave? 8.0 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? Yes
Does the law provide for the right to return to same position after availing maternity leave? No
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? No
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 at 56 days (8 weeks) fully paid maternity leave.  Of these 56 days, a worker can either take:

- 4 weeks before confinement and 4 weeks after confinement; or

- two weeks before her confinement and six weeks after her confinement


If a women worker absents herself from work even after completion of 8 weeks of maternity leave due to some illness resulting from pregnancy or delivery on the recommendation of a medical practitioner, such leave is considered sick leave.


Sources: §47 of Labour Bill, 2011

The maternity leave is granted with full pay and the pay during leave period is financed by the employer.

Sources: §47 of Labour Bill, 2011

More about parental leave:

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