Work Restrictions for Pregnant Women

It is prohibited to have a pregnant employee work night shifts, overtime or on their weekly days of rest from the fifth month of pregnancy onward
If a pregnant employee is denied this right, a complaint may be filed against the employer with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor's Enforcement Unit
There are additional work restrictions related to high-risk pregnancies


It is prohibited to have a pregnant employee work overtime or on their weekly days of rest from the fifth month of pregnancy onward.

It is prohibited to have a pregnant employee work at night (working at least two hours between 22:00 and 06:00) from the fifth month of pregnancy onward, unless the employee has agreed in writing and submitted medical approval to the employer which indicates that there is no reason to refrain from working such hours.

Who is Eligible?

  • All pregnant employees, starting from the fifth month of pregnancy.

How to Claim It?

  • The employee must notify her employer a the beginning of the fifth month of pregnancy. From that moment, the employer is required to respect the work restrictions detailed above.
  • If a pregnant employee is denied this right, a complaint may be filed against the employer with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor's Enforcement Unit.

Please Note

  • Despite that which is detailed above, a pregnant employee may work overtime or during the weekly days of rest if the following three criteria are met:
  1. The employee has consented in writing;
  2. The employee has provided the employer with medical approval from an OB/GYN indicating that there is no need to refrain from working overtime or during the weekly days of rest;
  3. The employee's working conditions will be in accordance with anything specifically detailed in the medical approval.
  • Those with high-risk pregnancies are entitled to a special National Insurance Institute benefit and other employment rights from their employer.

Aid Organizations

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Government Agencies

Government Agency Areas of Responsibility Topics
The Employment of Women Law Ombudsman Responsible for issuing permits according to the Employment of Women Law Equal employment opportunities, Working women
Equal Employment Opportunity Ombudsman The ombudsman is responsible for enforcing all regulations related to equality at work and treatment of cases where prohibited discrimination occurred. Equal employment opportunities, Working women
The Authority for the Advancement of the Status of Women Proper representation of women in public bodies, senior positions and positions of influence. Equal employment opportunities, Working women
The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor is responsible for all areas related to employment. All workers' rights relevant to the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor.
The National Insurance Institute The institution responsible for the payment of pensions and benefits to which the working public are entitled. Health-Related Employee Rights, Working women, Termination of employment
Income Tax Responsible for collecting taxable income from workers. Workers' wages and components
The Legal Aid Division - Ministry of Justice Providing advice and legal assistance at no cost for people with low income. Workers' rights, Discrimination at work, Sexual harassment at work

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