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.


Deals signed to build 10,000 housing units in Jeddah

The Ministry of Housing has launched 27,658 housing products across the Kingdom within its “sakani” (housing) program. (SPA)
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Deals signed to build 10,000 housing units in Jeddah

  • The villas have different engineering as well as external and internal designs

JEDDAH: The Housing Ministry has signed two agreements with real estate development companies to build some 10,000 housing units in Jeddah for beneficiaries of the Sakani (My Home) program.
So far, 46 projects have been launched, offering 66,621 housing units — including villas, apartments and townhouses — at prices ranging from SR250,000 ($66,664) to SR750,000.
The housing units, which will have integrated services and public facilities, will be completed and given to beneficiaries within a maximum of three years.