Maternity and Work

Maternity Leave

Female employees are entitled to a maximum of twelve weeks (or 3 months) of maternity leave with full pay. The six-week post natal leave is compulsory. (Section 4 of West Pakistan Maternity Benefit Ordinance, 1958). The maternity leave in public sector is also 90 days (3 months) and during this time, wages are paid in full.


The maternity leave is awarded with full pay. The qualifying condition is that the women must be working in enterprise at least four months prior to the date of delivery of her child.(Section 4 of West Pakistan Maternity Benefit Ordinance, 1958)

Free Medical Care

In accordance with section 38 of The Provincial Employees Social Security Ordinance, 1965, a woman is entitled to entitled to prenatal confinement and post-natal medical care, if she is entitled to maternity benefit under section 36.