The New Labor Law’s Collective Privileges for Women

by nevine

The Committee for Women’s Rights at Work was victorious, as the draft law adopted a legislative policy to protect women from discrimination against them and to ensure equality between all workers with similar working conditions.

Additionally, it authorized the competent minister to issue a decision underlining the conditions, occasions, and times, specifying the jobs that may not allow female employment, and prohibiting the dismissal of female employees during maternity leave.

The new labor law works to achieve balance and justice between the two parties of the working relationship, in addition to establishing the principle of linking wages to production. The new law aims to reassure national and foreign investors and motivate workers to make efforts to maximize their productivity. The Manpower Committee is currently discussing that matter in the House of Representatives after the Senate’s decision.

The provisions of the law are as follows:

  • Prohibiting the dismissal of a female employee or the termination of her service during maternity leave
  • An employer who employs 100 female workers or more in one place shall establish a nursery or assign a nursery to take care of the children of female workers, according to the terms and conditions determined by a decision of the competent minister
  • Establishments located in one region and employing less than 100 workers must implement the obligation related to nurseries
  • A female worker in an establishment that employs 50 female workers or more has the right to obtain unpaid leave for less than two years, to take care of her child, and she is not entitled to this leave more than three times throughout her service period
  • The worker has the right to terminate her work contract for marriage, pregnancy, or childbearing, provided she notifies the employer in writing of her desire to do so within three months from its date without losing her rights
  • In the event of employing one or more female workers, the employer must post a copy of the women’s employment system in the workplace or the workers’ gathering
  • The right to obtain a paid leave to give birth for four months, including the period preceding and following childbirth, provided that the period is not less than 45 days and the worker is not entitled to this leave for more than two times throughout her service period
  • A female worker who breastfeeds her child during the two years after the delivery date, in addition to the prescribed rest period, is granted the right to two additional periods for breastfeeding, each of which is not less than half an hour

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