Supporting Families: Indonesia’s New Law on Maternity and Paternity Leave

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Indonesia’s parliament has drafted new legislation aimed at extending paid maternity leave to six months for mothers with health conditions, as part of an effort to reduce the country’s stunting rate to 14 percent by 2024. This initiative underscores the government’s commitment to supporting family health and well-being, ensuring better care for both mothers and children.

According to Indonesia’s Ministry of Health, the country’s stunting rate stood at 21.6 percent in 2022, the lowest in the last decade.

Maternity leave

Under the new rule, working mothers are entitled to three months of maternity leave after childbirth and six months if they have a certificate from their doctor stating that their newborn faces health issues. The first four months will be fully paid, while the fifth and sixth months will be paid at 75 percent of their full salary.

Employers are responsible for regulating this amendment in employee work contracts. The law prohibits wage deductions of more than 50 percent.

The previous allowance under the Labor Law was three months of leave, equally divided before and after childbirth.

Employees who experience a miscarriage are still entitled to 1.5 months of extra leave. This can be extended if supported by a certificate from a doctor.

Paternity leave

Male employees are entitled to two days of paternity leave which can be extended by a further three days. Male employees are also entitled to two days of leave in the event of a miscarriage.

Working hours

The law will also allow mothers who are breastfeeding to negotiate their working hours with their employer, hoping to create a more flexible working environment.


Employers must ensure adequate support for breastfeeding female employees in the workplace, in line with the goal of exclusive breastfeeding from birth until the child is six months old. The draft law specifically requires workplaces to provide health services, lactation rooms, and daycare facilities.

Indonesia’s new draft legislation marks a significant step forward in supporting mothers, children, and families. By extending maternity leave, providing paternity leave, and ensuring workplace facilities for breastfeeding, the government aims to promote family health and reduce the stunting rate. This comprehensive approach reflects a strong commitment to creating a healthier and more supportive environment for the nation’s future generations.

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