16 February 2016

Rwanda: Mothers to Get Full Salary Under New Maternity Leave Law

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Deputies on Tuesday passed the maternity protection bill that grants mothers a 12-week leave at 100% salary payment, unlike in the past when it only catered for the first half, prompting mothers to return to work earlier.

Yvonne Uwayisenga, the deputy vice-chairperson of the Chamber of Deputies' Committee on Political Affairs and Gender, said that this new law is an advantage to employers who were receiving 20% of their salary in the previous bill.

"This is good news for new mothers who will no longer struggle with the low pay of only 20 %. Even the final six weeks of the leave will be paid for in addition to the 30 days recommended by the doctor," said Hon. Uwayisenga

Working mothers have been pressing government to revise the previous law under which they only received full salary during first half of maternity leave, and surrender 80% of their salary or return to work during the second half.

The Bill proposes that the fund's management be placed under the Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB), but its assets be managed separately from other social security aspects.

The social security administration will pay a mother monthly maternity leave benefits equal to her net salary based on average remunerations declared for her previous last months on work.

Under the new law, the total contribution amounts to 0. 6%. It means that every employee, either private or public, will surrender 0.3% of their salary and the employer also contribute 0.3 to the mother's insurance scheme.

In case an employee has more than one employer, each of them will make contributions to social security administration based on the salary of the employee.

Also, this law provides the right to justice whenever the mother is not given what is prescribed for her.

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