Working Mothers in Tunisia

Does the Law have provisions on maternity leave? Yes
What is the duration of maternity leave? 4.2 weeks
What percentage of the monthly salary does a worker get during maternity leave? 67  %
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? 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 12 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? Yes

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 30 days of paid maternity leave on the birth of a child. In case of illness or complications arising due to pregnancy and confinement, a female worker is entitled to 15 days extra leave. Leaves are granted on provision of medical certificate.

Civil servants (female) are entitled to 02 months of maternity leave. The postnatal leave can be extended up to 04 months after the expiry of maternity leave. These extended leaves are optional.

Source: §64(a) of the Labour Code 1966, last amended in 2011; §48 of the Act No. 83-112

Paid maternity leave is provided to the women with at least 80 days of contribution during the four calendar quarters or at least two quarters in the course of the four quarters (in agriculture) preceding that in which confinement occurs.

Labour Code provides two-third (66.7%) of the average daily wage as a maternity leave benefit during the period of maternity leave (30 days) and any extension thereof on medical grounds. Amount of cash benefit, for women working in agriculture, is 50% of the flat-rate daily wage calculated on the basis of the guaranteed minimum wage in agriculture.

Cash benefits are paid to civil servants during the optional period of additional postnatal leave (up to 04 months). Full salary is paid during maternity leave and 50% of the salary is paid during the optional period of additional postnatal leave.

Source: §79 & 82 of the Act No. 60/30 of the Organisation of Social Security Schemes; §30, 32 & 35 of the Act No. 81-6 of Organizing Social Security Schemes in Agriculture; §48 of the Act No. 83-112

More about parental leave:

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