We explain the maternity leave policies that are enforced for women in Vietnam. This period also includes miscarriages.
9 June 2014| Last updated on 29 June 2017
Vietnam has strict maternity leave policies that are enforced throughout the whole country. Maternity leave also includes leave for women who have suffered a miscarriage or who have terminated their pregnancy. It’s a little difficult to apply for maternity leave on any grounds by searching online as the form that are available are in the Vietnamese language only.
Female workers in Vietnam are entitled to 6 months of maternity leave. For each additional child that a woman has, she is entitled to an additional 30 days maternity leave. Furthermore a female employee is entitled to 100% of her salary during her maternity leave. Furthermore the Law on Social Insurance allows for labourers to receive a lump sum upon the birth or adoption of a small baby.
“Female laborers after giving birth or laborers adopting a child of under four months old are entitled to a lump-sum allowance equivalent to two months' common minimum salary for each child.
When only the father is covered by social insurance and the mother dies in childbirth, the father are entitled to a lump-sum allowance equivalent to two months' common minimum salary for each child.”
A woman can return to work after completing 4 months of her maternity leave if she has permission from a relevant medical practitioner stating that she is fit to return to work. For the remainder of her working time while the child is under 1 year, the woman is entitled to an hour out of her working day to care for her baby.
Women are also granted leave in case of a miscarriage or if the pregnancy is terminated. The leave is calculated based on how many months the woman was pregnant.
1 month pregnancy – 10 working days off
1-3 months pregnancy – 20 working days off
3-6 month pregnant – 40 working days off
6 + months – 50 working days off