Comment: A 90-day maternity leave is a step in the right direction

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  • Sunday, 20 Oct 2019

WHEN it was announced during the Budget 2020 speech that private sector maternity leave will be increased from 60 to 90 days, many parents and parents-to-be breathed a sigh of relief.

While the 90-day benefit – which aligns with the public sector maternity leave allocation – does not match up to International Labour Organisation (ILO) standards of 98 days as initially proposed by the Human Resources Ministry, it is nevertheless a step in the right direction.

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