Coinciding with the UAE’s announcement of the adoption of “parental leave” that allows a private sector employee to obtain a paid leave for 5 days within 6 months of the birth of his or her child, thus becoming the first Arab country to apply parental leave in the private sector.

Female jurists in Kuwait, members of the National Assembly, approved a law allowing men in Kuwait to enjoy leave to care for children, stressing that this role – in addition to being a family necessity – gives an employee a kind of psychological and mental comfort, which increases his productivity.

Lawyer Maryam Al-Moamen told that “The Labor Law in the Private Sector 6/2010 is concerned with the rights of working women, as Article 24 of it stipulates that a pregnant working woman should be entitled to a paid leave that is not counted from her other leaves for a period of 70 days for giving birth, provided that the delivery takes place. During this period, the employer may, after the end of the maternity leave, grant the working woman, upon her request, a leave without pay for a period not exceeding four months to take care of the child, and the employer may not terminate the worker’s services while she is enjoying that leave or her interruption from work due to a disease proven by a medical certificate “It is the result of pregnancy or childbirth.”

“The National Assembly should take this step, and approve the required amendment, similar to the United Arab Emirates, because giving benefits to workers in the private sector motivates Kuwaiti youth to work in it, as it shows the civilized face of the state, and confirms that among its priorities is the concern for workers in the private sector.”

lawyer Hawra Al-Habib, supported granting the employee in the private sector five days leave within 6 months of the child’s birth, noting that “there are administrative procedures that require registering the child in the Births Department of the Ministry of Health and the Public Authority for Civil Information. To issue the civil card for the newborn, in addition to the psychological and social aspect that requires that the father and mother be psychologically and socially prepared to completely devote themselves to receiving the newborn, and not to be subjected during that period to any psychological pressures at work.

“Some sectors prevent the employee from taking leave in these circumstances, due to the need to work and using their legal authority that gives the employer in assessing approval or disagreement in granting the employee a leave, but if there is a law that gives the employee the entitlement to this leave, the employer will not abuse his right.” .
Hamadeh considered that “parental leave is one of the rights granted by some countries to support family formation by providing job security. The husband has a major role in supporting his wife during childbirth and standing by her, and the child is in dire need of the father’s care.”

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