employees in Beijing who give birth to a second child could have their
maternity leave extended by up to three months, according to a revised
regulation on family planning adopted by the city on Thursday.
The regulation was based on the revised national Law on Population and
Family Planning adopted on Jan 1. The law allows all Chinese couples to
have two children, putting an end to the national policy that allowed
only one child for most couples who live in urban areas.
Their husbands can also have 15 days leave after their babies are born.
The regulation said that all women employees who give birth can have
maternal leave for as long as 218 days, including the 98 days leave
mandated by national law and 30 days leave offered by the Beijing
regulation. In addition, women employees can have extra leave of between
one and three months with the consent of their employers.
According to the previous regulation, which encouraged later marriage
and pregnancy and having only one child, only women employees who had
their first child when they were 24 years or older could have 30 days
additional leave, and only women employees who decided to have just one
child could enjoy additional maternal leave of three months with
Other amendments include allowing some people, such as those with a
child with disabilities, to have a third child.
Allowing women employees to have additional leave was made to "maintain
the physical and psychological health of mothers and their babies,
considering the burden on the social security fund and employers", said
Liu Zhengang, chief of the Beijing Legal Affairs Office.