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Brazil: Maternity Leave Extended

(Nov. 2, 2007) On October 18, 2007, the Commission on Human Rights of the Brazilian Federal Senate unanimously approved a draft law extending maternity leave from four to six months and expanding the benefit to women who adopt young children. The proposed law also allows the full deduction of two extra months of salary from the company's or employer's taxes.

Specialists in pediatrics maintain that during the first six months of life brain growth is more intense; one of the main justifications of the law is that this period is fundamental for the psychological and emotional development of the newborn. The proposed law will now be analyzed in the Chamber of Deputies and, if approved, will be submitted for presidential sanction. (Senado Aprova Extensão da Licença-Maternidade para Seis Meses, O GLOBO (O)NLINE, Oct. 18, 2007.)