Job Protection

No Harmful Work

There is a provision in the Labour Code that pregnant and breastfeeding women cannot be employed in dangerous or unhealthy work which can be harmful to their lives or to those of their babies. An order of the Ministry of Labour determines the nature of work prohibited pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Source: Article 74 of the Law regulating Labour in Rwanda, 2009 (aka Labour Code)

Protection from Dismissals

A women worker cannot be dismissed during the period of her maternity leave. Her contract is suspended during maternity leave.

Source: Articles 25(3) & 67 of the Law regulating Labour in Rwanda, 2009 (aka Labour Code)

Right to Return to Same Position

There is a provision in the law which gives a female worker the right to return to same position after availing her maternity leave. A woman worker resumes her work after availing maternity leave or is given another post with the same position and salary as she used to have prior to her maternity leaves.

Source: Article 67 of the Law regulating Labour in Rwanda, 2009 (aka Labour Code)

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