Law mandates paid or unpaid maternity leave (1=yes; 0=no)

Definition: Law mandates paid or unpaid maternity leave is whether there is a law mandating paid or unpaid maternity leave available only to the mother. Provisions for circumstantial leave by which an employee is entitled to a certain number of days of paid leave (usually fewer than five days) upon the birth of a child are considered paternity leave; even if the law is gender-neutral, such leave is not considered maternity leave if the law covers maternity leave elsewhere.

Description: The map below shows how Law mandates paid or unpaid maternity leave (1=yes; 0=no) varies by country. The shade of the country corresponds to the magnitude of the indicator. The darker the shade, the higher the value. The country with the highest value in the world is Bahrain, with a value of 1.00. The country with the lowest value in the world is Norway, with a value of 0.00.

Source: World Bank: Women, Business and the Law.

See also: Country ranking, Time series comparison

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Periodicity: Annual