By Courtney Trenwith
Leave rights are more than doubled under amendments approved by the Council of Ministers
Saudi Arabia has approved extensions to workers’ leave rights, including parental leave.
Women will be given four weeks paid maternity leave, with the option for an additional month unpaid, under the amendment, Minister of Labour Adel Fakeih said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency on Sunday.
Leave for fathers of newborn babies would be extended from one day to three.
Newlyweds also would receive five days off instead of three, under the amendment, which will be effective six months after publication in the official gazette.
In the case of the death of a kin spouse, workers would receive five days off, up from three.
Women observing Iddah, the period a Muslim woman must observe after the death of her spouse, would be allowed four months and 10 days paid leave.
Paid leave for workers injured on the job would be increased from 30 days to 60 days, the statement said.
However, the leave does not apply to some job categories including domestic workers, agricultural workers, shepherds, maritime workers and those who have been in their job for only two months.