Jersey mums to get mandatory maternity leave by October

Pregnant woman The new law would introduce a mandatory two weeks paid leave for new mothers

Jersey could have its first law for maternity leave by October.

The law would introduce a mandatory two weeks paid leave for new mothers, and optional unpaid leave for both parents.

Jersey's Social Security Minister, Deputy Ian Gorst, said the legislation was overdue.

"We look at the employment protection that we have got in place in Jersey and when you look at maternity leave it is a glaring omission and this puts that right," he said.

Ray Shead, from the Jersey Chamber of Commerce, said: "I think most businesses will support it as it will bring Jersey into the 21st Century."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Jersey

Weather

St Helier

14 °C 11 °C

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.