10-week paid maternity leave from next year

Updated 16 September 2015
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10-week paid maternity leave from next year

JEDDAH: New changes to the country’s labor laws coming into force next year include 10 weeks fully paid maternity leave for women, beginning a maximum of four weeks before the likely date of birth.

The expected date of delivery has to be determined by a certified medical practitioner or facility, a local publication reported recently. Women would also be allowed to extend their maternity leave for an extra month without pay.
If a woman gives birth to a sick child or one with special needs that requires constant monitoring, then she would have the right to have an extra one month fully paid, with the possibility of a further one-month extension without pay.
The amendments include 15 days’ fully paid leave for non-Muslim women who are widowed. A woman worker whose husband dies may not work for another employer during this 15-day period. The employer reserves the right to request documentation in these cases.
The Ministry of Labor said these amendments also take into account the needs of men. A man is given three days paternity leave. In addition, a man who loses his wife or family member, or is marrying, is entitled to five days off with pay.
Penalties for those failing to comply include a fine of up to SR100,000, closure of the establishment for up to 30 days, or permanent closure. Penalties would increase for repeated offenses, the ministry stated.


Saudi, Pakistan ministers meet

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Saudi, Pakistan ministers meet

  • Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan met with Pakistan’s Minister of Information Fuad Jadli on Monday
  • During the meeting, they reviewed relations between the Kingdom and Pakistan, especially on cultural issues

ISLAMABAD: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan met with Pakistan’s Minister of Information Fuad Jadli on Monday during Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s royal visit to Pakistan on the first leg of his Asia tour, Saudi state-news agency SPA reported.

During the meeting, they reviewed relations between the Kingdom and Pakistan, especially on cultural issues, and discussed prospects for joint cooperation and the development of opportunities for bilateral initiatives