Working Mothers in Zambia

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? No
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 least 12 weeks of maternity leave on the provision of medical certificate signed by a registered medical practitioner. The maternity leave is equal to 120 days under the Orders issued in pursuance of Minimum Wages and Conditions of Employment Act. In accordance with the Orders and Employment Act, maternity leave is provided to the workers who must have worked with the employer for at least two years from the date of first engagement or since the last maternity leave taken. Maternity leave is available only.

 

Maternity leave can be extended in case of illness due to pregnancy or confinement. She is entitled to a paid sick leave of a maximum 26 days in a period of twelve month on production of a medical certificate. The employer may continue to pay such employee for any longer period. Furthermore, every female employee is entitled to one day’s absence from work each month without having to produce a valid medical certificate.

 

Source: §7 of the Minimum Wages and Conditions of Employment (General) Order, 2011 (amended in 2012); §7 of the Minimum Wages and Conditions of Employment (Shop Workers) Order, 2011 (amended in 2012); § 15(A) & 54 of the Employment Act, 1965

Maternity leave is fully paid leave for a worker with two years of continuous service with the employer from the date of first engagement or since the last maternity leave taken and a medical certificate confirming the pregnancy. It is funded by the employer with no support from government.

 

Source: §7 of the Minimum Wages and Conditions of Employment (General) Order, 2011 (amended in 2012); §7 of the Minimum Wages and Conditions of Employment (Shop Workers) Order, 2011 (amended in 2012); § 15(A) of the Employment Act, 1965

More about parental leave:

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