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Kuwait - Maternity protection - 2011


LAST UPDATE

12 May 2011

SOURCES


Name of Act

New Private Sector Labour Law, Act No.6 of 10 February 2010, with explanatory memorandum.
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Other source used

Ministry of Social Affaires and Labour Report (MOSAL Report) and website of MOSAL Kuwait.

MATERNITY LEAVE


Scope

A pregnant woman will get a leave, not included in her other leaves, for delivery on the condition that she gives birth within this period.

The following workers shall be excluded from the implementation of the provisions of this law;
- Workers being subject to the enforcement of other laws and the provisions of the relevant laws.
-Domestic workers regarding whom a decision shall be issued by the competent Minister for organizing their affairs and the rules and regulations governing the relationship between them and their employers.
Labour Law Art.24, art.5

Duration


General total duration

The duration of the maternity leave is 70 days in total.
Labour Law Art.24
Historical data (year indicates year of data collection)
  • 2009: 70 days
  • 2004: Seventy days
  • 1998: Seventy days
  • 1994: Seventy days

Leave in case of illness or complications

The female employee may after the determined maternity leave enjoy an additional leave and absent herself from the work without pay for a period of maximum 100 days whether continuous or intermittent if such absence is due to a disease established in a medical certificate to be the result of pregnancy and/or delivery.
Labour Law Art.24
Ministry of Social Affaires and Labour Report Art.25

RELATED TYPES OF LEAVE


Parental leave

After completing the maternity leave, the employer can grant a working woman, based on her request, leave of not more than four months without pay to care for the child.
Labour Law Art.24

RIGHT TO PART-TIME WORK

Relevant provisions on right to part-time work have not been identified.

CASH BENEFITS


Maternity leave benefits


Scope

Every pregnant worker will get maternity benefits for the period in which she enjoys maternity leave.

The following workers shall be excluded from the implementation of the provisions of this law;
- Workers being subject to the enforcement of other laws and the provisions of the relevant laws.
-Domestic workers regarding whom a decision shall be issued by the competent Minister for organizing their affairs and the rules and regulations governing the relationship between them and their employers.
Labour Law Art.24, art.5

Duration

The duration of maternity benefits will be enjoyed during the whole duration of maternity leave which is 70 days.
Labour Law Art.24

Amount

The amount of maternity leave benefits correspond to the 100%.
Labour Law Art.24
Historical data (year indicates year of data collection)
  • 2009: 100 per cent.
  • 2004: One hundred percent
  • 1998: One hundred percent
  • 1994: One hundred percent

Financing of benefits

The employer shall give the normal salary during maternity leave.
Labour Law Art.24
Historical data (year indicates year of data collection)
  • 2009: Employer.
  • 2004: Employer
  • 1998: Employer
  • 1994: Employer

MEDICAL BENEFITS

Relevant provisions on medical benefits have not been identified.

BREASTFEEDING


Right to nursing breaks or daily reduction of hours of work

Female workers are entitled to a two-hour break during work hours to nurse their babies in accordance with the conditions stipulated in the Ministry’s Decision.
Labour Law Art.25

Nursing facilities

The employer shall arrange a nursery (Day Care Center) for children below four years old if he has more than 50 female workers or the total number of employees therein is more than 200.
Labour Law Art.25

HEALTH PROTECTION


Dangerous or unhealthy work


General

It is prohibited to employ women in hazardous jobs or those that are harmful to their health.
Labour Law Art.23

Results generated on: 22nd November 2014 at 01:11:09.
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