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What does the law say about working parents?

The prevailing labour law has no clear provision for working parents. However, there are some provisions for pregnant and breast-feeding mothers.

What does the law say about pregnant women and mothers with young babies?

  • They shall not be assigned or employed for night work except with their consent.
  • They should not be engaged for overtime.
  • A pregnant woman after four months of pregnancy should not be assigned work (permanent/temporary) outside her place of residence.
  • Pregnant women after their period of confinement are entitled to a minimum of 12 weeks leave with full pay. Such worker in addition, is also entitled to her annual leave with full pay.
  • In case of abnormal delivery, a woman worker's maternity leave should be extended to at least two more weeks.

What other benefits are due to nursing mothers?

  • They are entitled to interrupt their work for an hour each day to nurse their babies for up to one year.
  • A nursing mother cannot be dismissed from employment for reason of her absence from work on maternity leave.
  • They are entitled to sick leave with pay.

What does the law say about Paternity Leave?

The law has no provision for paternity leave; however, in practice some collective agreements provide such a facility for staff, usually a minimum of one week.

In some cases, working fathers are given a brief time off by their employers to transport their expectant wives for delivery and thereafter to transport her home upon confinement.

Are there any arrangements for child care?

The law has no such provision; but some collective agreements have provision for the extension of free/subsidised medical care for children of staff up to the age of 18 years and 21 years if still schooling.

Some collective agreements also provide educational support to subsidise school fees of staff. In other instances, scholarships are offered to children of staff who excel at school.

Other organisations also provide schools, kindergartens and crèches around their premises to support staff.

Is there any provision for leave to attend to a sick child or deal with a family issue?

The law makes no such provision.

Some collective agreements grant casual/compassionate leave for such a purpose.

What about career and study issues?

The law makes no such provision, but some collective agreements provide for study leave with/without pay to staff.

Others also grant examination leave and time off to enable staff to pursue courses to build their careers.

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The prevailing labour law has no clear provision for working parents. However, there are some provisions for pregnant and breast-feeding mothers.

What does the law say about pregnant women and mothers with young babies?

What other benefits are due to nursing mothers?

What does the law say about Paternity Leave?

The law has no provision for paternity leave; however, in practice some collective agreements provide such a facility for staff, usually a minimum of one week.

In some cases, working fathers are given a brief time off by their employers to transport their expectant wives for delivery and thereafter to transport her home upon confinement.

Are there any arrangements for child care?

The law has no such provision; but some collective agreements have provision for the extension of free/subsidised medical care for children of staff up to the age of 18 years and 21 years if still schooling.

Some collective agreements also provide educational support to subsidise school fees of staff. In other instances, scholarships are offered to children of staff who excel at school.

Other organisations also provide schools, kindergartens and crèches around their premises to support staff.

The law makes no such provision.

Some collective agreements grant casual/compassionate leave for such a purpose.

What about career and study issues?

The law makes no such provision, but some collective agreements provide for study leave with/without pay to staff.

Others also grant examination leave and time off to enable staff to pursue courses to build their careers.

Read more

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