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Learn about maternity vacation in the private sector according to the new UAE Labor Law
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According to the new law, the employer must grant the employee maternity leave whenever she requests it at any time, starting from the last day of the month immediately preceding the month in which she is expected to give birth

The new UAE labor law extends maternity leave in the private sector to 60 days (the first 45 days with full pay and the next 15 days with half pay).

According to the new law, the employer must grant the employee maternity leave whenever she requests it at any time, starting from the last day of the month immediately preceding the month in which she is expected to give birth, according to an approved medical certificate.

After exhausting the maternity leave, the female employee may stop work - without pay - for a period not exceeding (45) continuous or intermittent days due to an illness afflicted by her or her child as a result of pregnancy and childbirth. The disease is proven by a medical certificate issued by the competent medical authority. This period is not included in the service period for which the employee is entitled to the end of service gratuity, or the period of participation in the retirement system in accordance with the legislation in force in this regard.

The law allows the female employee in the event of giving birth to a sick child or of “people of determination” (with disabilities) and whose health condition requires an escort according to a medical report issued by the medical authority, the right to a 30-day leave with full pay starting after the end of the maternity leave period, and she has the right to extend Leave for another (30) days without pay.

After returning from maternity leave and for a period not exceeding 6 months from the date of delivery, a female worker is entitled to one or two rest periods to breastfeed her child, provided that the duration of both periods together does not exceed one hour. The nursing break is paid.