Employers, what do you know about maternity and paternity leave in Ghana?

Parental Leave in Ghana

Considering a business expansion to Ghana?

Expanding to Ghana may prove to be a profitable business decision indeed – what with the country being rich in natural resources like gold and diamonds, and having a stable economy and politics– but even the most profitable decision can be dampened by non-compliance issues, specifically those related to labour, like parental leave.

To avoid souring your business experience, here is all you need to know about maternity and paternity leave in Ghana: 

Maternity leave

When does maternity leave begin to apply in Ghana – in fact, how long is maternity leave supposed to be? Will you have to remunerate your workers during that time? We dive into these questions and more here:

How long does maternity leave last in Ghana?

In Ghana, the statutory maternity leave lasts for 12 weeks. This maternity leave is applicable when a female worker presents a medical certificate issued by a medical practitioner or a midwife detailing the expected date of her confinement. Pregnant employees are entitled to 12 weeks of maternity leave in addition to all the annual leave they are entitled to.

Is maternity leave remunerated in Ghana?

In Ghana, maternity leave is fully remunerated, that is, expecting female employees must be paid their salaries in full during their maternity leave. They must also receive any other benefits they would normally be entitled to. It is the employer who pays maternity benefits.

Can maternity leave be extended in Ghana?

If there is a health issue, or other abnormal occurrence during a woman’s confinement period, she may extend her leave for at least 2 additional weeks.

If an expecting female worker experiences pregnancy-related illnesses, duly certified by a medical practitioner, her pregnancy leave may be extended as recommended by the medical practitioner.

Similarly, when a woman experiences illness because of her confinement, she is entitled to an extension of her maternity leave as certified and prescribed by a medical practitioner.

What happens in the case of multiple births?

Women who give birth to twins, or generally to more than one baby, are entitled to at least 2 additional weeks of paid maternity leave.

Can a pregnant woman do “night work” in Ghana?

No. Unless the female employee consents to doing night work, no employer in Ghana is allowed to assign or hire an expecting woman worker to do work between 10 o’clock at night and 7 o’clock in the morning.

Can a pregnant woman work overtime in Ghana?

Without her consent, employers cannot ask a pregnant woman worker or a mother of a child of less than 8 months old, to work overtime hours. If an employer violates this law, the concerned worker may present a written complaint to the National Labour Commission, which will investigate and rule on the matter.

What conditions can pregnant women work under in Ghana?

Ghanaian Labour Law clearly stipulates that a pregnant worker should not be asked to work in a post outside her place of residence after the completion of the fourth month of her pregnancy – so long as the assignment, in the opinion of a medical practitioner or midwife, is detrimental to her health.

What does Ghanaian labour law say about women once they’ve given birth?

According to the law, nursing mothers are entitled to a 1-hour break during working hours to nurse her baby. And any interruptions that this break may cause should be viewed as part of the employee’s working hours – and as such, should be remunerated in consequence.

By definition, in the labour law, a nursing mother means a woman who is breastfeeding her child for a period not exceeding one year.

Paternity leave in Ghana

There is no paternity leave in Ghana. Men who wish to take time off work to care for their newborn children must do so at their own discretion, that is, they will need to use any annual leave they have accrued – subject to approval by their employer. Naturally, as an employer, if you wish to improve the Employee Experience within your company, offering paid paternity leave may be a good way to do this.

Looking to improve employee wellness in Ghana?

Many industries like IT & Telecom, Fintech and more have a hypercompetitive job market. Top talent can too quickly be snatched…but can just as easily be lost when the employee experience is poor.

Because medical insurance is especially important for pregnant women, Africa HR Solutions helps you offer more than just the basics to your workers with our flexible and customisable medical insurances, valid all across Africa. Customisable to your employees’ particular needs, our medical insurance plans – in collaboration with global insurer Unisure – give your workers the peace of mind they need to continue to do their best work for your company.

Want to chat about your employees’ medical insurance needs, or about staying compliant in Ghana? Want to find out more about our FREE life insurance offer? Our team is happy to help you.

Source: LABOUR ACT – 2003 (ACT 651) 

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Grant Geraghty is the longest-serving member of the Africa HR team. This resident subject matter expert and client champion is responsible for gaining a deep understanding of our clients’ unique HR needs in Africa and providing tailored solutions that align with their business objectives. Grant collaborates closely with our clients to ensure that their requirements are properly implemented, providing ongoing support and guidance throughout the process.

Grant brings a wealth of experience to his role, having served as Africa HR’s longest-serving employee. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, with a major in Economics and Business Finance, from the University of Natal in South Africa. Additionally, he has completed a certification program in Payroll and Tax Administration from the University of Cape Town, further enhancing his expertise in HR operations and compliance.

His commitment to delivering exceptional service and his extensive knowledge of HR in Africa make him an invaluable member of the Africa HR team.

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KEVINA TAKOORDYAL

HEAD OF OPERATIONS

Kevina Takoordyal has a BA Hons Business Management from the University of Glamorgan, UK, with MBA in leadership and Innovation, MBA General, PMP Certified, and Agile Scrum Master. She currently works as the Head of Operations at Africa HR Solutions Ltd with more than 20 years of proven leadership capabilities in Operations, Business Development, People Management, Process Optimization, and Project Management in the Financial Services, BPO, Banking Industry, and Heath Care Industry. In Senior leadership roles with an international footprint across Europe working and extensive Pan- African experience from a compliance, finance, and operations angle, Kevina comes across with a panoply of cross-functional skills. Kevina also serves on a few Boards, Non-Independent Executive at MioD and for NGOs on a voluntary basis, a coach and mentor to aspiring female leaders across Africa and Mauritius.

Kevina is a firm believer in Servant Leadership with a strong focus and commitment to uplifting others, with the ability to deliver through a highly engaged – diverse team, and works towards consistently synergistic value creation. While being a focused and adaptive thinker and Kevina is actively participating in panel discussions on Innovation, CX, Digital transformation.

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VILOSHNA PACKIRY POULLE

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Viloshna is an experienced finance professional with 18 years of expertise in strategic financial planning, financial analysis, cash flow management, systems and controls implementation, financial reporting, and continuous process improvements. She currently serves as Head of Finance & Business Support, where she has successfully automated and leveraged the financial reporting system capabilities to ensure efficient company operations.

Viloshna’s background includes senior roles in a multinational pharmaceutical company and a large listed Mauritian conglomerate. Her meticulous attention to detail and strategic thinking have streamlined financial processes, making her a valuable addition to any finance team. Viloshna is a qualified finance professional with an FCCA qualification and an MBA, bringing valuable expertise to any organization.

In her current role, Viloshna leads the company’s Treasury and Payments function, including the fulfillment of the company’s cross-border payments into Africa. With her strong educational background and extensive experience, Viloshna consistently demonstrates her ability to optimize financial operations, minimize risks, and improve profitability. Her expertise in financial reporting and process improvements make her a valuable asset to any organization.

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ALEX DARUTY

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Alex has more than 15 years of experience in the global, strategic development of both enterprise and consumer brands in categories including technology, transport, enterprise software, entertainment, and travel.

With experience in roles on both agency and corporate side, he has worked across international brands and has led the development and execution of multi-discipline campaigns across EMEA, NORAM and Asia Pacific.

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Originally from Mauritius, he holds bachelor’s degrees in International Business, Finance and Management from the University of Nevada, Reno.