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    Study on the Establishment of Maternity Protection Insurance in Sri Lanka

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    A T P L Abeykoon, Ravi P Rannan-Eliya, Ruwani Wickremasinghe, Rehana Thowfeek, Chamara Anuranga, Indika Siriwardena
    1 Oct 2014 | 77 pages

    Abstract:As a state that has ratified ILO Maternity Protection Convention (Revised) No. 103, Sri Lanka has consented to ILO review of its compliance with the Convention. From the ILO and long�standing international perspective, maternity benefit protection requires (i) financing of medical care for childbirth, (ii) provision of rights for women workers to take leave from employment during and after childbirth, and (iii) provision of cash benefits to mothers taking maternity leave. .

    Sri Lanka provides the right to maternity leave and cash benefits during maternity leave only to formal sector workers, which covers about 46% of the labour force. However, it does not provide maternity benefits to informal sector workers and those in domestic and home wage employment. The rate of female labour force participation in Sri Lanka remains one of the lowest in the region. As Sri Lanka�s population ages and birth rates fall, the country will soon face contraction of its available labour supply, and this will constrain future economic growth. .

    Sri Lanka can easily comply with the standards for minimum maternity benefits by amending current legislation to provide all covered workers with a minimum of 84 working days maternity leave, and removing provisions that provide lesser benefits for mothers having their third or greater child, with only modest costs on employers. We recommend that necessary action be taken to amend section 3(1) (b) of the Maternity Benefits Ordinance.




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