A Comparison of Maternity Leaves in GCC Countries

Jahid Tapadar

23 February, 2021

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    The Gulf Cooperation’s Council (GCC) is a political and economic union of Arab states bordering the Arabian Gulf. It was established in 1981 and its 6 members are the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain.

    Maternity Leaves in GCC Countries

    Maternity leave is a leave of absence for an expectant or new mother for the birth and care of the baby.

    GCC Countries’ seemingly generous maternity law protects and gives equal opportunities to a female worker in a private sector. All female workers have the privilege of getting paid maternity leaves if they are working in any of the GCC country.

    If you are an expectant mom, you should know about your rights and legal entitlements in GCC Countries. Each GCC Law states that maternity leaves will be a paid leave for certain period and after exhaustion of paid maternity leaves if the female worker wants, she can apply for unpaid leave as well.

    Here is the summary of paid maternity leave details in GCC countries:

    Please see the summary of unpaid maternity leave policy after exhaustion of paid maternity leave

    Please see the details of extra breaks eligible post-delivery

    GCC countries are quite liberal when it comes to maternity leaves, which is an encouraging factor for women to continue their job even after having a baby. Apart from the leaves, the additional breaks are also a captivating feature.

    For a comprehensive understanding of maternity leave policies in GCC countries,  please refer to our articles relating to each country.

    Payroll Process

    The process of payroll is a little complicated and time-consuming; hence it is always recommended to outsource your company’s payroll function. Outsourcing payroll will ensure the assistance of a team of trained payroll professionals and it frees up the time of the organization, helping them focus on other projects that add value to their business.

    One should be extra vigilant while selecting their payroll provider, as payroll data is highly sensitive, and one should opt for a provider that can ensure high levels of data security.

    As a leading payroll outsourcing company, HLB HAMT can help solve your payroll complexities through customized strategies. We take care of our clients’ entire payroll cycle that includes preparation of payroll reports, processing salary payment with WPS compliance, accrual management including Gratuity, pension funds, an online portal for accessing payslips, and many more. Our leadership team spends the necessary hours in every project, ensuring our clients get refined consulting services to take your business forward. HLB HAMT provides payroll in UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman.

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    Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, HLB HAMT will not accept any liability arising out of errors or omissions. Please note that this blog is not all-inclusive. Our guidance is designed only to give general information on the issues/topics covered. It is subjected to change and not intended to be a comprehensive summary of all laws which may be applicable to your situation, treat exhaustively the subjects covered, provide legal advice, or render a legal opinion.
     

     
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