Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Pregnant staff can get 15 days off before delivery

Fatwa says any sick leave taken before that date should not be included; Maternity leave must be 60 days with full salary
Pregnant female workers in the UAE are entitled for 15 days off before delivery and any sick leave taken before that date should not be included, according to a the country’s top Islamic legislation body.
The Fatwa and Legislation Department at the Ministry of Justice was responding to a query by a government institution on whether sick leave  taken by a pregnant female employee should be included in her pre-delivery leave.
“The maternity leave must remain at 60 days with full salary for two months and the pregnant employee is entitled for a pre-delivery leave of a period not exceeding 15 days,” the Department said in a new fatwa (Islamic edict).
“A sick leave taken by pregnant women must not exceed one week and must be approved by an authorised doctor…this period should not be included in the pre-delivery 15-day leave for pregnant employees.”

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