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What Are the Recent UAE Labour Law Updates Regarding Maternity Leave and Child Health?
Maternity leave and child health are important aspects of labour laws in the UAE. The UAE has made significant updates to its labour laws in recent years, particularly in Federal Decree-Law No. 33/2021, which came into effect on 2nd February 2022.
These updates provide comprehensive provisions for maternity leave, and paternity leave, and even touch upon child health. In this article, we will explore the key aspects of maternity leave and paternity leave, and how they relate to child health, focusing on the legal framework in the UAE.
Maternity Leave Provisions (Article 30): Federal Decree-Law No. 33/2021 outlines the provisions for maternity leave in the UAE, promoting the well-being of mothers and indirectly contributing to child health. Here are the key points:
Duration of Maternity Leave:
Request for Maternity Leave:
Additional Maternity Leave:
Maternity Leave for Disabled or Sickly Child:
Paternity Leave Provisions (Article 32):
While the focus of this article is on maternity leave and child health, it’s important to mention that Federal Decree-Law No. 33/2021 also introduced provisions for paternity leave in the UAE:
Federal Decree-Law No. 33/2021 includes a non-discrimination clause, stating that no employer can terminate or discriminate against an employee based on their pregnancy or maternity leave. This provision ensures that the rights of pregnant employees are protected in the workplace
Child Health Implications:
The UAE’s labour laws indirectly address child health through these maternity and paternity leave provisions:
Extended Maternity Leave:
The UAE’s labour laws prioritize the well-being of both mothers and children. Maternity leave provisions not only support the physical and emotional health of mothers but also indirectly contribute to child health by recognizing the importance of maternal care during the early stages of a child’s life.