Women in Dubai are quickly learning about their rights to maternity leave, under the UAE labour law. The law recently changed in March 2017. Under the UAE Labour Law, employees on a permanent contract can look forward to at least six weeks for maternity leave. The maternity leave period must be fully paid and include time before and after delivery. This stands as long as the employee in question has been working for over a year. If the contract has lasted for less than a year, the pay is half but the time remains the same. A woman nursing their baby is also entitled to a couple of hour breaks each day until their child’s first birthday. This period begins after the birth, and these additional breaks cannot result in deductions in pay or dismissal. Private sector employees can increase their level of maternity leave to another fifty five days. But, the last ten will be without pay. Typically, this will be granted even if the days are interrupted if it is due to an illness. Women employed in government sectors gain an increased leave of three months paid or a maximum of 100 days without pay. They can leave their job twice a day to feed their baby without ramifications. In the finance sector, women have even higher levels of protection. They cannot be dismissed due to maternity leave or being pregnant. As well as this, women are entitled to 65 days minimum maternity leave, half paid and half unpaid.
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