Maternity Allowance

According to an amendment to the Law, the expression "maternity leave" is replaced by "birth and parenthood leave".

A maternity allowance is paid to a working woman who takes a birth and parenthood leave. The maternity allowance is designed to compensate the new mother for the loss of her salary during her absence from work on the occasion of pregnancy or childbirth.

A father, too, can replace his spouse during part of the birth and parenthood leave, and receive a paternity allowance.