Working Mothers in Tanzania, United Republic of

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? 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? 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? More than one hour
What is the length of breastfeeding breaks? No provision
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:

Maternity leave is provided and regulated under the Employment and Labour Relation Act 2004.

Female workers are entitled to at least twelve weeks (84 days) of fully paid maternity leave or 100 consecutive days (in case of multiple births) within a leave cycle of 36 months A worker is entitled to 84 days paid maternity leave within a leave cycle if the newborn dies within a year of birth.

Pregnant worker must notify the employer and provide medical certificate 3 months prior to proceeding on Maternity leave. She may commence maternity leave four weeks prior to the expected date of confinement or earlier if a medical practitioner certifies that it is necessary for the worker or her child. Also, a worker is not allowed to work within 6 weeks of child's birth unless a medical practitioner certifies her to do so.

An employer is required to grant paid maternity leave to a worker four times during the  entire tenure of her service.

Source: §33 of Employment and Labour Relations Act 2004

The maternity leave is awarded with full pay. Maternity leave benefits are paid by the employer.

Source: §33 of Employment and Labour Relations Act 2004, §45(b) of the National Social Security Fund Act 1997

More about parental leave:

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