Maternity and Work

Maternity Leave

Maternity leave is provided and regulated under the Employment and Labour Relation Act 2004.

Female workers are entitled to at least twelve weeks (84 days) of fully paid maternity leave or 100 consecutive days (in case of multiple births) within a leave cycle of 36 months A worker is entitled to 84 days paid maternity leave within a leave cycle if the newborn dies within a year of birth.

Pregnant worker must notify the employer and provide medical certificate 3 months prior to proceeding on Maternity leave. She may commence maternity leave four weeks prior to the expected date of confinement or earlier if a medical practitioner certifies that it is necessary for the worker or her child. Also, a worker is not allowed to work within 6 weeks of child's birth unless a medical practitioner certifies her to do so.

An employer is required to grant paid maternity leave to a worker four times during the  entire tenure of her service.

Source: §33 of Employment and Labour Relations Act 2004


The maternity leave is awarded with full pay. Maternity leave benefits are paid by the employer.

Social Insurance provides a lump sum of up to 12 weeks of the insured worker's average daily wage in the six months before the 20th week of pregnancy. The lump sum may be paid in two parts: four weeks before and eight weeks after childbirth (four weeks after childbirth for a stillborn child).

Source: §33 of Employment and Labour Relations Act 2004, § 45(b) of the National Social Security Fund Act 1997; ISSA Country Profile Tanzania, 2017

Free Medical Care

In accordance with the law, a woman is entitled to prenatal confinement and post-natal medical care, if she has made at least thirty six monthly contributions of which twelve contributions are made in the thirty six months prior to date of confinement. Maternity benefits are provided upon the receipt by the Director General of a medical certificate from an authorized medical practitioner, certifying that the woman expects delivery of a child.

Source: §44-45 of the National Social Security Fund Act 1997

Regulations on Maternity and Work

  • Employment and Labour Relations Act, No. 6 of 2004 / Sheria ya Ajira na Mahusiano Kazini Sehemu ya 6 ya 2004
  • National Social Security Fund Act, 1997 / Sheria ya Mfuko wa Hifandhi ya Taifa ya Jamii (NSSF) Mwaka, 1997