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Pregnant women: know your new rights

In addition to the extension of maternity leave to 14 weeks up from 12 weeks, there are other changes benefiting pregnant woman that will be in effect as of 9 February 2017. As in the past, pregnant women cannot be fired from their job during their maternity leave period.

In addition, there are other new rules that have been approved as part of the country’s adherance to the Maternity Protection Convention (No. 183), adopted by the International Labor Organization in 2000. These new rules include that woman who are breast-feeding can leave an hour earlier from work to attend to their infant. This can occur for an entire year and the nursing mother must be paid regular wages.

The convention also establishes that pregnancy tests are banned when hiring women employees, as this is considered discrimination against women.

Minister of Labor Maritza Hernández had said there was no need to make amendments to the Labor Code to implement the extension on maternity leave.

Source: DR1

Feb 10, 2017

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