As a pregnant woman working in Oman, it's important to know your rights and legal entitlements as an employee
4 November 2019| Last updated on 5 November 2019
These are Oman's maternity leave rights for working women, according to the law
Oman's maternity laws were put in place to protect women with equal opportunities and treatment in employment under both the public and private sectors.
The regulations take into consideration the fact that women require rest and time to regain their strength and health after delivery, including caring for and bonding with their new baby.
Article 84 of the Labour Law of Oman states that employers are not allowed to dismiss female employees due to absence caused by an illness or other health problems related to pregnancy or delivery. The health problem must be proved with a medical certificate from a licensed hospital or clinic, and the employee's absence must not exceed six months.
In addition, workplaces must be safe and secure for pregnant employees. The employer is required to take precautions to avoid exposing omen to any conditions that may directly or indirectly lead to negative impacts on the safe delivery of the child or the health or safety of the fetus or the infant.
How long is maternity leave for in Oman
For pregnant working mums-to-be in the private sector, you'll be glad to know that you are entitled to 50 days of paid maternity leave according to Article 83 of the Oman Labour Law by Royal Decree No.35/2003.
This period includes the time before and after giving birth. It's important to note that maternity leave cannot be used more than three times with an existing employer.
Private companies in Oman self-regulate when it comes to paternity leave, with some granting three to seven days of paternity leave for male employees.
For working women in the public sector, you are entitled to 60 days of paid maternity leave , for no more than five times throughout your service.