Maternity and paternity at work: Law and practice across the world

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    The study reviews national law and practice on both maternity and paternity at work in 185 countries and territories including leave, benefits, employment protection, health protection, breastfeeding arrangements at work and childcare.

Where do parents get more leave ?

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    Maternity leave duration per country

  2. Paternity leave duration per country

Key findings of the report

  1. News releases

    Maternity protection makes headway amid vast global gaps

    Despite progress in maternity benefits and a trend supporting paternity leave, the ILO report finds most women around the world are still not protected at work.

  2. Economic crisis lends unexpected support to families in some countries

    A surprising side effect of the crisis in some countries was a lift to families, including better benefits for maternity and parental leave.