Senate approves six-month maternity, three-month paternity leaves

Islamabad (HRNW) The Senate passed on Monday the Maternity and Paternity Leave Bill, 2018. Women are entitled to a maternity leave of six months and men will get a paternity leave of three months, according to the bill.

Mothers and fathers may get further three- and one-month optional leaves but those will be unpaid, it says. The employer won’t be allowed to terminate the services of an employee for seeking leave under the provisions of the bill.

The bill was moved by Pakistan Peoples Party Senator Quratulain Marri. It had been with the senate standing committee for over a year.

Women didn’t not get maternity leave in government hospitals, said Marri. They were also discouraged from having too many children in the senate.

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