maternity protection



Special protection for pregnant women and women workers who recently gave birth or are breastfeeding to prevent harm to their or their infants’ health, and at the same time ensure that they will not lose their job simply because of pregnancy or maternity leave.


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Definition based on

(1) Council Directive 92/85/EEC of 19 October 1992 on the introduction of measures to encourage improvements in the safety and health at work of pregnant workers and workers who have recently given birth or are breastfeeding (Maternity Leave Directive);

(2) ILO maternity protection webpage.

(3) EIGE experts.