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Aye, Shahrizat, proposals and more proposals…

December 10, 2010
Minister submits proposal for extended 90-day maternity leave
Thu, Dec 09, 2010
The Star/Asia News Network

KUALA LUMPUR – The Cabinet will deliberate next month on a proposal for a minimum 90-day maternity or parental leave said Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil. 

She said the time had come for the Government to consider introducing legislation that would require the private sector to institute the 90-day maternity leave which would be implemented in the public sector from next year onwards.

Female civil servants will be entitled to 90 days of maternity leave, an extension from the current 60 days.

“The ministry is proposing this because not only will such a move encourage women to stay employed, it is a proven and cost-effective means for employee retention.

“We want to synchronise policies in the public and private sectors,” Shahrizat said at the Women’s Summit 2010 here yesterday.

Currently, female workers in the private sector are only entitled to 60 days of maternity leave.

On another matter, Shahrizat said another Cabinet paper would be submitted by the end of next month to propose a higher percentage of women in the boardroom, including those in government-linked companies (GLCs).

“I am very dissatisfied with the limited opportunities given to women to sit on the boards of directors, including in GLCs,” she said.

Sharizat added a clear policy and strategic plan were needed.

She said three strategy groups, led by individuals from the private sector, had been established to address three broad areas of challenges women face in the workplace.

These are women in the boardroom, work-life balance, and gender information and research.

-The Star/Asia News Network

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