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Regulations Concerning the Labor Protection of Female Staff and Workers


Article 1 These Regulations are formulated in order to safeguard the lawful rights and interests of female staff and workers, to reduce and solve the special difficulties encountered by female staff and workers in their labor and work (hereinafter collectively referred to as "Labor") due to their physiological characteristics, and to protect their health, so as to promote socialist modernization.

Article 2 These Regulations shall apply to the female staff and workers of all state agencies, mass organizations, enterprises and units (hereinafter collectively referred to as "Units").


Article 3 Any Unit which is suitable for women to engage in Labor may not refuse to employ female staff and workers.


Article 4 During the pregnancy, maternity leave and nursing period of female staff and workers, their basic salaries may not be reduced and their Labor contracts may not be cancelled.


Article 5 It shall be forbidden to arrange for female staff and workers to engage in Labor in mine pits, Labor involving physical Labor of the fourth (4th) degree of intensity as specified by the state, or any other kind of Labor to be avoided by female staff and workers.


Article 6 During the menstrual period of female staff and workers, the Units employing them may not arrange for them to engage in Labor at high altitudes, in low temperatures or involving contact with cold water, or Labor involving physical Labor of the third (3rd) degree of intensity as specified by the state.


Article 7 During the pregnancy of female staff and workers, the Units employing them may not arrange for them to engage in Labor involving physical Labor of the third degree of intensity as specified by the state or any kind of Labor to be avoided during pregnancy, and may not extend their Labor hours beyond the usual Labor day. For those who are no longer competent at their original Labor, the volume of Labor shall be reduced, or other Labor shall be arranged, according to a certificate from a medical department.


Generally, no night-shift Labor may be arranged for female staff and workers in or past the seventh (7th) month of pregnancy and they shall be given certain rest periods during their Labor hours.


The time spent by pregnant female staff and workers on antenatal examination during Labor hours shall be deemed to be Labor hours.


Article 8 The maternity leave of female staff and workers shall be ninety (90) days, including fifteen (15) days of antenatal leave. An extra maternity leave of fifteen (15) days shall be granted in case of dystocia. Female staff and workers who have borne more than one child in a single birth shall be granted an extra maternity leave of fifteen (15) days for each additional baby borne.


Female staff and workers who have a miscarriage shall be granted a certain period of maternity leave by the Units employing them according to a certificate from a medical department.


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