Mothers of Twins to Get Longer Maternity Leave

From July 1, the duration of maternity leave for women workers who give birth to twins, triplets or, in those rare cases, even larger numbers of babies simultaneously will increase from 90 to 120 days.

A cabinet meeting on Tuesday reviewed and amended the relevant laws.

The Ministry of Employment and Labor said, "We took into consideration the fact that women who are pregnant with two or more babies at once take longer time to recover after delivery, and they have a bigger burden of childrearing."

A total of 90,507 women workers took maternity leave last year, and officials estimate that 1,400 to 1,500 of them could be eligible for the extended benefits.

Women who deliver twins or more babies at once will receive their full wage for 75 days by their employers. The government will pay up to a ceiling of around W2 million (US$1=W1,017) for the remaining 45 days.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jun. 11, 2014 11:10 KST