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Basic Guide to Maternity Leave (Domestic Workers)

by Zopedol — last modified 2007-12-05 11:48
Pregnant women may take 4 months of maternity leave, starting 1 month before their due date.


Sectoral Determination 7 applies to all domestic workers  (including independent contractors and those employed by agencies), except domestic workers who -
  • work on farms; or
  • are covered by -
    • another sectoral determination, or
    • a bargaining council agreement.

The Basic Conditions of Employment Act applies in respect of any matter not covered by this sectoral determination.

The provisions for maternity leave do not apply to domestic workers working less than 24 hours a month for an employer.


Number of Leave Days

Pregnant workers are entitled to at least 4 consecutive months of maternity leave.

Timing of Leave

Workers may take maternity leave 1 month before their due date, or earlier or later as agreed or required for health reasons.

Safety of Pregnant or Nursing Workers

A worker who is pregnant or nursing may not do work that is unsafe for her or her child.

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