Recently, the German Federal Cabinet approved the draft law which provides for new regulations on maternity protection. The reform will become effective as from 1 January 2017.

The key aspects of the new draft law are as follows:

  • the period of protection (during which women cannot work) after the birth of a child with disabilities will be increased from eight to twelve weeks;
  • a special termination protection for women who suffer a miscarriage after the twelfth week of pregnancy will be implemented;
  • under certain circumstances, the Maternity Protection Act will not only apply to women in an employment relationship, but also to pupils and students, and during internships.

Actions for employers

As from 1 January 2017, companies with employees in Germany should be aware of the new law when handling with maternity protection cases.