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FNC demands a revision in maternity leave rules

posted on 21/04/2010: 6478 views

The Federal National Council (FNC) demanded that maternity leave be increased to boost women's empowerment and productivity.

Dr Amal Al Qubaisi, a member from Abu Dhabi demanded that women working in the government sector be given six months' maternity leave — two months paid leave for delivery, two months half-paid leave for maternity and another two months without pay.

Al Qubaisi also demanded that laws be changed to offer working women better treatment as compared to that offered by other Arab and foreign countries.

"The average maternity leave is four months internationally, while women in the UAE are only entitled to two months," she said.

Al Qubaisi also suggested creating more part-time jobs for women.

Humaid Mohammad Al Qattami, Minister of Education and chairman of the Human Resource Authority, said women are entitled to two months' leave in addition to 100 days without pay.

UAE labour law applies to women working in the private sector, who are entitled to 45 days maternity leave on full pay if she has worked for a whole year prior to leave. If not, then she only gets half pay. – Gulf News


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