Maternity leave Law in UAE

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A working woman shall be entitled to 45 days’ maternity leave with full pay. This is to include periods before and after the delivery provided she has served continuously for not less than one year. The maternity leave shall be granted with half pay if the woman has not completed one year.

At the end of the leave, a working woman has the right to extend her maternity leave for a maximum of 100 days, yet without pay. This unpaid leave can be continuous or interrupted due to an illness that prevents her from coming to work. That must be certified or endorsed by a competent health authority stating that the illness is a result of pregnancy or delivery. The abovementioned leave shall not be deducted from the other leave entitlements.

During the 18 months following the delivery, the working woman who fosters her child has the right to have two daily intervals which do not exceed half an hour each for the purpose of nursing her child. Those two additional intervals shall be considered part of the working hours and no deduction in wages shall be made.

As per the UAE laws, maternity and child birth are given high priority and working women are well protected. As such, your employer will not be justified to terminate your service on the grounds of your pregnancy.

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Joseph April 16, 2012 at 8:35 am

I am a Safety Officer in a Dubai based Transport company.
If for example, my female colleague is pregnant and her physician has predicted her delivery date to be on the 15th of May, what actual date is she suppose to go on maternity leave.

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