Oct. 27, 2020, 9:24 a.m.

<UAE Labour Law> Concerning the Maternity Leave

Concerning the maternity leaves, the provision may also be different whether you are working under a different jurisdiction and vary between the private sector and government sector.

However, the article 30 of UAE Labour Law says; 

The female worker shall be entitled to a maternity leave with full payment of the wage thereof, and such for a period of forty-five days that include the pre- and postnatal periods, provided that the continuous service period for the employer is of one year at least. The maternity leave shall be granted with half a wage should the worker not have completed the aforementioned period.

Upon the end of the maternity leave, the worker may remain absent from work without pay for a period of one hundred consecutive or non-consecutive days at most should such absence be caused by an illness hindering her from returning to work. Such illness shall be established by means of a medical certificate issued by the medical entity appointed by the competent health authority or ratified by such authority stating that such illness arises from the pregnancy or the delivery.

The leave referred to in the preceding paragraphs shall not be deducted from other leaves.

Also, concerning the paid breastfeeding, the article 31 of UAE Labour Law says; 

During the period of eighteen months subsequent to the date of delivery, the nursing worker shall be entitled, in addition to the determined rest period, to a two additional periods per day for such purpose, the duration of each thereof not exceeding half an hour

Such additional periods shall be deemed as part of the working hours and do not entail any deduction of the wage.