Maternity leave checklist

Congratulations, you are going to be a mom soon! But before you head off for your maternity leave, make sure you know your rights:


How long will my maternity leave last?
This depends on your organization and the laws it is applicable to. The following table summarizes the laws:

The Mines Maternity Benefits Act, 1941 Must have been working in the mine for at least 6 months 12 weeks (84 days)
The West Pakistan Maternity Benefit Ordinance, 1958 Must have been working in the organization for at least 4 months 12 weeks (84 days)
Revised Leave Rules, 1980 Permanent worker 13 weeks (90 days)

How soon can I work after my due date?
No employer can knowingly employ you during the 6 weeks following the birth of your child.

Will I be paid during my maternity leave?
According to Pakistani Law, women are entitled to 12 weeks of paid maternity leave.

Will my family be paid my maternity benefits if I die during childbirth?
Yes, your employer is entitled to pay the due amount to your legal representatives or nominated people. We hope that you live a long, happy life with your new born!

Can my employer fire me during my maternity leave?
It is illegal for your employer to terminate your services during your maternity leave or 6 months before your expected date (to avoid providing your maternity benefit).

Am I entitled to medical care during my pregnancy?
You are eligible to pre-natal confinement and postnatal medical care if in the last six months, contributions were paid in your respect for at least 90 days.

How many times can I avail my maternity leave?
This depends on your organization. For example in the private sector there is no limit to the number of times you can avail a maternity leave. Make sure you approach the HR department.

Do I have a right to my previous work while on a leave?
Absolutely, you have full and absolute right and control over any ongoing project when you left for your maternity leave.

Can I work from home after my maternity leave ends?
This decision depends on your organization. While, working from home is becoming more and more acceptable and convenient for moms you should discuss about post leave working conditions with your boss.

Congratulations, once again!

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