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Maternity leave extended as of 9 February 2017

Minister of Labor Maritza Hernández reminded employers that maternity leave in the Dominican Republic is being increased from 12 to 14 weeks as of 9 February 2017. The increase was applied in implementation of The International Labor Organization Maternity Protection Convention, 2000 (No. 183).

Hernández said that the international mandate is above the local Labor Code.

She pointed out that 257,863 men were hired for the 413,236 new jobs created since 2012, compared to 154,847 women. She said it is more difficult for women to find jobs in the large companies and attributed this to employers’ concern about absenteeism during the pre and post maternity periods.

In an interview with El Caribe Hernández said that unemployment in the Dominican Republic is around 13.5%.

She said that the total number of people in formal employment and registered in the social security system was 1,745,654 in a population of 10 million.

She said the regions where most new jobs have been created are the National District and Santo Domingo, Espaillat (Moca), Puerto Plata, Santiago, El Seibo, La Romana and La Altagracia (Higuey).

Source: DR1, Elcaribe

Oct 28, 2016

Category: DR News |

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