New Maternity Leave Guidelines Announced In Dubai
More power to mothers!
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has issued Decree No. 14 of 2017 on maternity and childcare leave for female employees of the Dubai Government, reports Khaleej Times.
The Decree aims to promote work-life balance, along with gender balance in the workplace for women and it's guidelines cover delivery, along with miscarriage, stilbirth and special needs care.
Any full-time or part-time employee in a permanent position is entitled to 90 days of maternity leave from date of delivery. Maternity leave may also begin 30 days before the due date, provided that the leave is taken continuously. The employee also has the option to combine maternity leave, regular annual leave, and leave without pay, for a maximum of 120 days.
An employee who has suffered a miscarriage before the 24th week of her pregnancy is entitled to sick leave based on a duly approved medical report. If the employee has had a stillbirth or a miscarriage after the 24thweek, she is entitled to 60 days of maternity leave after providing a duly approved medical report.
An employee who has given birth to a child with disability is entitled to childcare leave of one year, renewable up to a maximum of 3 years based on medical reports and employer approval.
During maternity and childcare leave prescribed in this Decree, the employee will only receive her basic monthly salary. Weekends and official holidays are not included, and considered part of the maternity leave and childcare leave.
We hope the private sector also catches on!