Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues (Print ISSN: 1544-0036; Online ISSN: 1544-0044)


Legal Regulation of Maternity Leave for Working Mothers

Author(s): Tamara Yacoub Nasereddin, Ali Muneer Ahmad Al Assaf

This paper explores the legal regulation of maternity leave for working mothers in the Jordanian Labour Law, their entitlement to this leave, the period of rest she deserves, and her lawful right to a leave that covers the entire duration of pregnancy and after delivery. We discuss the responsibility of law to protect the health of the working mother and that of her fetus until born alive, the rights entitled to them by the law, the legal obligations of the employer, the social function of the Labour Law, and how far the legislature has succeeded in regulating maternity leave. The findings of this study revealed that the current maternity leave must be modified to ten weeks in accordance with international agreements.

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