Maternity and Work

Maternity Leave

Female employees are entitled to at 90 days of fully paid maternity leave as well as 45 days for breastfeeding while working half days. The employee has to take at least 90 days of the maternity leave immediately following childbirth. The worker must give her employer at least a 14-day notice.

A period of maternity leave taken before the anticipated date of childbirth is extended by the time between the anticipated and actual date of childbirth, and the period of compulsory maternity leave following childbirth cannot be reduced for this reason. An employee who has a miscarriage or a stillborn child is entitled to a six-week leave afterwards.

Sources: §64 of the Labour Act, 2017


The maternity leave for 90 days is granted with full pay. The payment is employer liability.

Sources: §64 of the Labour Act, 2017

Free Medical Care

The South Sudanese Constitution requires that the state shall provide maternity and child care and medical care for pregnant and lactating women. However, no statutory provisions/laws have been enacted to provide these services.

Source: §16.4.c of the Constitution of South Sudan, 2011

Regulations on Maternity and Work

  • Labour Act, 2017
  • Constitution of South Sudan, 2011