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While preparing the Paternity leave draft law in Lebanon, I have read today this article in WeNews related to family leave in the USA. 4 Weeks’ of Paid Family Leave? We Can Afford That, By Katherine Rose.

For those who are interested in following the topic here is the article below

Rita Chemaly


4 Weeks’ of Paid Family Leave? We Can Afford That, By Katherine Rose.

WeNews commentator, Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act has been bobbing around Congress since 2000. Now that the president has thrown his weight behind it let’s get it done.




President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the White House Summit on Working Families in Washington, D.C., June 23, 2014.


Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza


(WOMENSENEWS)–The president is right. We need better family leave policies in the United States. He said so at the big White House meeting last week and it deserves repeating until we get it done.

Currently all we have in the way of guaranteed parental leave is the Family and Medical Leave Act, passed in to law during the Clinton administration and overseen by the Department of Labor.

This act provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for individuals who have a new child or need to care for an immediate family member with a serious medical condition.

The Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act, a bill that has been bobbing around Congress since 2000, has been introduced eight times. In 2009 it passed the U.S. House of Representatives but was stopped by the Senate.

We need this law for so many reasons. For one thing, it would guarantee four weeks of paid leave to all federal employees. And that’s a biggie.

It could also usher in legislation to overcome so many inadequacies of the Family and Medical Leave Act. Bigger still!

The 1993 law was groundbreaking because it provided job protection for those who wanted to take parental leave.

But not everyone qualifies for the Family and Medical Leave Act. It is underutilized by those who do qualify because many families cannot afford to go without one parent’s income for a 12-week period. Those who can take sick pay, vacation pay and short-term disability pay to cover the income of their leave come back to work without any more available days off from work for illness or personal time until their paid time off re-ups.

Studies find that a majority of mothers prefer to care for their own infants during the first year (or have their spouse/partner care for the child) and we can see a disconnect between what U.S. policy provides and what may actually be desired by and available to many families.

Infant Care Lacking, Expensive

Part of that stay-home preference has to be tied to the lack of quality infant care and the high cost of the care that is available. Parents in the U.S. may pay anywhere from $4,850 to almost $16,400 a year for full-time infant care in a child care center, depending on the state in which they reside. And that is just for one child.

Imagine having an infant and a 3-year-old and the costs become prohibitive for many.

Meanwhile, the shortage of high-quality infant child care is acute. Recent statistics reveal that almost 6 million children under the age of 3 are cared for by someone other than their own parent(s), and more than 40 percent of those children are being cared for in settings that are poor quality. This isn’t good for anyone–not the children receiving the care or the society that they will join as adults.

Under the existing unpaid leave law, family bonding and medical emergencies are lumped together. We need to get away from that and stop treating the birth of a baby as a disability in a work environment. It’s a normal life event that employers should treat as such. In addition to extended parental leave policies, we need to think creatively about how to help corporations and families fund them.

As the White House and others hammered home at their meeting last week, the United States is a conspicuous laggard on parental leave policies. In most other industrialized countries, paid parental leave for both parents lasts from three month up to 18 months. That’s months, not weeks.

Of course these countries tax citizens at a very high rate, which means the United States may not be able to mirror approaches in places such as Canada, France, Germany and Italy, to name just a few.

However, in the United States a four-week paid leave policy based on a payroll tax is realistic. For each individual it would only cost in the range of $3,000, based on an average U.S. median weekly income of $796 during the first quarter. Even with fluctuations in pay across industries and sectors, we can afford this. For the sake of our families and our work-balance sanity, it’s a bargain.



Katherine Rose is an associate professor in early child development and education at Texas Woman’s University and a public voices fellow with The OpEd Project at TWU. She is also a mother who struggles to balance work and family.

Source: http://womensenews.org/story/parenting/140630/4-weeks-paid-family-leave-we-can-afford

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to all those who are waiting for the maternity leave period extension to take effect ,

after the vote in the General Assembly of the Parliament,

it was finally published in the Official Gazette Number 17 of april 22 2014 pages 1119 and 1120.

Women, Mothers, and families enjoy your 10 weeks  fully paid maternity leave!!!


Rita Chemaly

here is a snapshot of the laws as they were published in the official gazetteImage



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« On a gagné ! Je suis très contente, je viens d’avoir un enfant et vraiment, 49 jours de congé maternité ne suffisent pas à la mère pour se remettre physiquement et psychologiquement de la grossesse et de l’accouchement, apprendre à connaître son enfant, allaiter… C’est un grand pas pour la femme libanaise qui travaille, mais aussi pour l’enfant et l’ensemble de la famille ! »

Après trois ans de bataille, Rita Chemaly, consultante pour le développement des projets à la Commission nationale pour les droits de la femme, ne peut contenir sa joie : les députés ont voté mercredi dernier en session plénière deux propositions de loi : l’une amende l’article 38 de la loi 112 allongeant le congé maternité des employées du secteur public de 60 à 70 jours, l’autre amende les articles 28-29 du code du travail en étendant la durée du congé maternité de 49 jours à 10 semaines (soit 70 jours consécutifs), payés à salaire complet. Toutes les Libanaises, quel que soit leur employeur, bénéficient désormais d’un congé de 70 jours payés à plein salaire. Les lois entreront en vigueur dès leur publication au Journal officiel, soit mardi ou jeudi au plus tard.

C’est en 2011 que la Commission nationale pour les droits de la femme s’engage pour l’extension du congé maternité. L’association lance à cette époque, en partenariat avec de nombreuses associations pour le droit des femmes, une campagne nationale pour amender les lois qui ont un impact économique négatif sur les femmes. Intitulée Wayn Ba’dna (on en est encore là), la campagne vise à assurer l’égalité de la femme vis-à-vis de l’homme au niveau de la Sécurité sociale et des impôts notamment. L’extension du congé maternité fait partie des mesures prônées. « Un congé maternité trop court constitue une discrimination pour les femmes car elles peuvent hésiter à avoir des enfants de peur de perdre leur emploi », explique Rita Chemaly.

« Nous avons rédigé une proposition de loi en nous basant sur les dispositions des textes internationaux (Convention sur l’élimination de toutes les formes de discrimination à l’égard des femmes (Cedaw), le Pacte international relatif aux droits économiques, sociaux et culturels) et nous sommes allés voir deux députés, Gilberte Zouein, présidente de la commission des Droits de la femme, et Michel Moussa, président de la commission des Droits de l’homme, afin de leur soumettre notre proposition de loi. Nous avons ensuite suivi de très près le travail des commissions parlementaires, nous avons écrit au président de la Chambre Nabih Berry pour qu’il mette la proposition de loi à l’ordre du jour de l’agenda de l’Assemblée nationale. » Et s’il a fallu autant de temps pour que la loi soit votée en assemblée plénière, c’est à cause de problèmes d’ordre politique, le Parlement ne s’étant pas réuni pendant des mois, précise l’activiste.

S’il s’agit incontestablement d’une victoire pour la Libanaise, cette extension du congé maternité reste insuffisante au regard des normes internationales et le Liban fait toujours figure de mauvais élève en matière de protection de la maternité au travail. D’après les chiffres de l’Organisation internationale du travail (OIT, 2012), 85 % des pays du monde ont instauré un congé maternité d’au moins 12 semaines. 98 % des pays d’Europe et de la CEI ont un congé maternité de 14 semaines et plus, et presque 2/3 de ces pays en offrent plus de 18 semaines. À l’opposé, 90 % des pays arabes du Moyen-Orient ont un congé maternité de moins de 12 semaines. Quelques exemples : France : 16 semaines, Norvège : jusqu’à 57 semaines, Brésil : 17 semaines, Tunisie : 30 jours, Arabie Saoudite : 10 semaines, Syrie : 17 semaines.
La durée de 10 semaines adoptée la semaine dernière au Liban reste bien en deçà des normes internationales que prône notamment l’OIT. « La convention (n° 183) sur la protection de la maternité prévoit un congé maternité de 14 semaines. Bien que le Liban n’ait pas signé cette convention, il faut qu’il se rapproche de cette norme. Nous n’avons pas voulu revendiquer les 14 semaines directement pour ne pas que les organismes économiques s’opposent frontalement à l’extension. Nous avons préféré procéder étape par étape », détaille Rita Chemaly. Contrairement à la France où c’est la Sécurité sociale qui couvre, au Liban, c’est l’employeur qui assure le paiement des salaires pendant le congé maternité.

Pour autant, la bataille n’est pas finie. « Maintenant, nous allons lutter pour un nouveau rallongement du congé maternité et la création d’un congé paternité payé entièrement. Ça, c’est ma campagne personnelle, car le père est partie intégrante de l’éducation des enfants », affirme Rita Chemaly.

Un article par Anne ILCINKAS | OLJ


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Finally the Maternity leave in Lebanon has been extended in Lebanon !!!!


As a mother, as an activist as a women, as a Citizen this is a first step!!!

we need those 10 weeks, but …. as I always say in my post we will have to continue to fight for the other issues related to Women!!!

the battle to gain those few weeks has been tremendous! It was a pleasure to lobby the parliamentary committees, commissions, and ask the Member of Parliament to Vote for our rights!!

Now the mothers and their babies can cuddle, meet, and rest for a few more weeks together!!

Mabrouk to all!!!!


Rita Chemaly


Some of my previous posts about the same issue:


Small steps for gender equality, long road ahead in Lebanon






Members of Parliament we Want an Extension of the Maternity Leave In Lebanon 


Maternity Leave In Lebanon is in the drawer of Parliament because of Political problems

March 21 is mother day but in Lebanon women are not treated fairly maternity leave is a must

en Avril Le Conseil des Ministres Allonge le Conge maternite a 10 semaines

Lebanese Mothers: Missing Their Babies … an article about maternity leave by C.Benoit

Le conge maternite au Liban en route vers la ratification finale

A step Forward to women’s rights … Maternity leave in Labor law is amended





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Today is a big day for women in Lebanon.

we as women are watching carefully the actions that will be done by the parliamentarians in the so long and waited General Assembly.

1- will they vote for the extension of the Maternity leave period from 49 days to 70 days for working mothers in Lebanon? (amendment of articles 28-29 from the Labor Law?)

2- Will they vote for the extension of the maternity leave period from 60 days to 70 days for working mothers employees in the public sector in Lebanon?? (Amendment of article 38 of law 112 of employees in the public sector?)

3- will they vote for the Law protecting women from domestic violence in the form presented by the Women NGOs of Lebanon mainly Kafa?  

If not, I , Rita Chemaly as a lebanese citizen won’t vote for them anymore!

isn’t it their job to legiferate?

No laws, No vote!

Rita Chemaly


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I am a new mother of a 3 months little boy and Leaving the newborn after 49 days is Horrible!

At 49 days, the little child is NOT sleeping at night yet, the little child needs to be nursed each 2 hours at least, he needs to be Breastfed,  at 49 days a little new born needs his parents and his Mother!!!!!

As for the mother, she needs to rest after the labour of the delivery and she needs to take care of herself and of her newborn! 49 days is not Enough for WORKING WOMEN in Lebanon!!! I can assure you, EVEN though I’m known as a workaholic and even though I love my work!

For working parents in Lebanon, the 49 days that are counted since the day of the delivery as per the labor law (even weekends are counted) are clearly Not Enough!

If I had not managed to take my personal vacation leaves after those 49 days, I would have left JN with his grandparents because I am lucky enough to have them.

But thinking of those parents who do not have a grandma who can take care of the newborn when the mother and dad are working , this is heartbreaking!

Lebanese Parliament members SHOULD MEET AND VOTE DURING A GENERAL ASSEMBLY on the draft law aiming at making the Maternity leave of 70 days!

this is the least women of Lebanon can accept!

Rita Chemaly a new mother who is waiting for the amendment of the Labor Law!

Ritachemaly campaign maternity leave

Some articles about the same issue:



Members of Parliament we Want an Extension of the Maternity Leave In Lebanon 


Maternity Leave In Lebanon is in the drawer of Parliament because of Political problems

March 21 is mother day but in Lebanon women are not treated fairly maternity leave is a must

en Avril Le Conseil des Ministres Allonge le Conge maternite a 10 semaines

Lebanese Mothers: Missing Their Babies … an article about maternity leave by C.Benoit

Le conge maternite au Liban en route vers la ratification finale

A step Forward to women’s rights … Maternity leave in Labor law is amended

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I just got a call from dodo my friend who has been living in Canada.

The law there entitles her to see her children grow, watch their first steps, see how their first tooth grow….

the law there gives a women 50 weeks and for the Paternity 5 week that the dad can choose to take the moment he wants!

plus the dad is entitled for a 2 days for the delivery!!!!!!

and we in Lebanon are struggling to have 70 days for maternity leave!!!!!!!!!!!

Do you know that all moms and dads in Lebanon have to think what to do after 49 days??? do they put their new born in Kindergarden, do they ask their “hametos” “mother in laws” or any relative to watch over, do they bring a Domestic worker to watch for the new born!??!?!

Do you think dear MPs that these solutions are Safe???? is it how you want Lebanese families to raise the future citizens of Lebanon????!!!!


We have to act!!!

Rita Chemaly

Canadian maternity leave versus lebanon maternity leave

some sources about Canadian law http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/pubs/guide/pregnancy.php

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Last Year, the Maternity leave extension project law in Lebanon made some progress in the Parliamentarian commissions only.

But, we ( = Lebanese Citizens) are still waiting for the Vote in the GENERAL ASSEMBLY of the Parliament for the extension of the maternity leave from 49 days to 10 weeks….

I am a pregnant woman, and I think that I will need to rest with my baby , I will need to feed him, will need to sleep at night and not think how to get to work early in the morning, after having a long night feeding, burping, changing….

Do you Know that maternity leave in Lebanon ( the 49 days) we are entitled to, are counted with the days that are public holidays and Sundays, and Saturdays???

Employees  can just benefit from their annual leaves, if they kept some left, the maternity leave as stipulated in the labor law in Lebanon is clearly not sufficient!!!!!

as for Paternity leave, this is something that doesn’t exist!!!! how a dad can feel that his is a dad, and can participate in the education of his child, if he can’t even participate in taking care of his baby at the early stages of his coming to life????!!!!!

We should act, but how??

Just ask and lobby the Members of Parliament in Lebanon ( who reconducted for themselves in a weird way) to DO their Job and to work on changing the legislation!!!!

maternity leave in lebanon 49 days only for women



Rita Chemaly


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even if this is my one hundred post about maternity leave,

as a mother to be, I insist that the Lebanese MPs meet in a general assembly and vote for the amendment of articles 28-29 of the Labor law, for us to have a 10 weeks maternity leave and not only 49 days!!!!

all Parliamentarian commissions have already accepted the amendment of the law,

Lebanese Mothers to be are just waiting for a vote in favor of the extension to 10 weeks in the GENERAL ASSEMBLY of the Parliament….


This is a Must!!!!

Rita Chemaly

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Maternity Leave in Lebanon is of 49 days... an amendment extending the period to 10 weeks is waiting for its Vote at the General Assembly

Maternity Leave in Lebanon is of 49 days… an amendment extending the period to 10 weeks is waiting for its Vote at the General Assembly

Lebanese pregnant women are still waiting for the General Assembly Of the Lebanese Parliament to meet and discuss and Vote the Extension of the Period of Maternity leave from 49 days to 10 weeks for those who abide by the Labor Law, and from 60 days to 10 weeks for the public sector employees….

Women in Lebanon Urge the Lebanese Parliamentarians to Meet in a Genral Assembly not to discuss the electoral law only but their Maternity Leave, that will intitle them with less than their Basic Rights!!!!!

Rita Chemaly


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The council of Ministers has Approved during his session on October 10 2012, the amendment of article 15 of the Public Code of Contractuals , Nizam el Am lil Oujara2! 🙂

now, a woman contractual in the public sphere can benefit from a 60 day maternity leave instead of a 40 days maternity leave!!!!

Hourray!!! We are still waiting for the amendment of the Labor law articles 28-29 (maternity leave), and hoping to extend this maternity leave to at least 10 weeks   in Lebanon… for all female employees!!!

A great Step forward By the Council of Ministers!!!

Rita Chemaly

Take a break… I arrive Mum!!

for you the article as it appears in the decisions of the Council of ministers:

الموافقة على طلب الهيئة الوطنية لشؤون المرأة اللبنانية تعديل المادة 15 من المرسوم رقم 5883 تاريخ 3/10/1994 وتعديلاته (النظام العام للأجراء) بحيث تعطى الأجيرة الحامل , إجازة بأجر كامل , تدعى إجازة أمومة , مدتها /60/ يوما


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La commission parlementaire des femmes et de l’enfance a approuvé dans une reunion hier les amendements liés au Congé Maternité au Liban; Dans l’attente d’une approbation a l’assemblée générale, les femmes auraient on l’espère 10 semaines de congé maternité…..
j’espère aussi qu’un jour les pères libanais auraient droit a leur congé paternité, car l’éducation des enfants est intrinsèquement liée aux deux parents;
il ne faut pas oublier que les traites Internationaux non ratifiés par Le Liban exigent un minimum de 12 semaines de congé maternité… ILO Conventions on maternity and work 1952 ILO;
لجنة المرأة تقر اجازة الامومة عشرة أسابيع

أقرت لجنة المرأة والطفل النيابية جعل اجازة الامومة عشرة أسابيع بدلا من سبعة خلال جلسة امس ترأستها النائبة جيلبرت زوين.     وبهدف توحيد التشريع، تسري هذه الزيادة للموظفة في الملاك العام والاجيرات العاملات في المؤسسات العامة


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