Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding

Employment Code Act 2019 provides for nursing breaks. A female worker who is nursing an unweaned child (under the age of 6 months) is entitled each working day, at a time convenient to the worker and having regard to the child’s needs, a nursing break of maximum one-hour duration. Instead of one break, two breaks each of 30-minute duration can also be provided.

The nursing breaks are available for a period of 6 months from the date of delivery. Nursing breaks are counted as working hours.

Earlier, there was no provision in the labour law however the Draft Constitution required the State to promote the availability of adequate child care facilities.

Bill of Rights is not part of the 2016 Constitution of Zambia (Amendment) Act and will be subject to a referendum during the 2016 general elections being held on 11 August 2016. The referendum was held and although 71% of voters voted in favour of the amendments, since the turnout was only 44%, below the 50% threshold required to validate the result, the amended Bill of Rights 2016 could not be approved. Thus, the Bill of Rights contained in 1996 Constitution is still applicable.

Source: §60(3)(d) of the Draft Bill of Rights 2016; §45 of the Employment Code Act, 2019

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