New law extends maternity leave for Abu Dhabi government employees
A new law regarding workers at government entities in Abu Dhabi extends maternity leave and will allow new fathers to take three days of paternity leave.
The changes came as part of a law issued by the President, Sheikh Khalifa, in his capacity as Ruler of Abu Dhabi, that covered human resources in the emirate, according to a statement from the Abu Dhabi Executive Council.
Previously, employees could take 45 days of maternity leave. Under the changes, employees will be allowed to three months of fully-paid maternity leave and two hours of daily leave for the first year after delivery to allow new mothers to care for their newborns.
It will allow Emiratis to be appointed to part-time positions, in accordance with regulations.
Annual bonuses for outstanding staff members, to be approved by the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, are also introduced in provisions of the law.