Last Updated: 1 August 2021
AN ACT TO PROVIDE A STATUTORY FRAMEWORK WHICH PROMOTES THE WELFARE AND PROSPERITY OF ALL FIJI’S PEOPLE BY—
- (A)CREATING MINIMUM LABOUR STANDARDS THAT ARE FAIR TO WORKERS AND EMPLOYERS ALIKE, AND TO BUILD PRODUCTIVE EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIPS;
- (B)HELPING TO PREVENT AND ELIMINATE DIRECT AND INDIRECT DISCRIMINATION IN EMPLOYMENT ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOUR, GENDER, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, AGE, PHYSICAL OR MENTAL DISABILITY, HIV/AIDS STATUS, MARITAL STATUS, FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES, PREGNANCY, RELIGION, POLITICAL OPINION, NATIONAL EXTRACTION OR SOCIAL ORIGIN;
- (C)PROVIDING A STRUCTURE OF RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES FOR PARTIES ENGAGED IN EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS TO REGULATE THE RELATIONSHIP AND ENCOURAGE BARGAINING IN GOOD FAITH AND CLOSE OBSERVANCE OF AGREEMENTS AS WELL AS EFFECTIVE PREVENTION AND EFFICIENT SETTLEMENT OF EMPLOYMENT RELATED DISPUTES;
- (D)ESTABLISHING THE MEDIATION SERVICES, THE EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS TRIBUNAL AND THE EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS COURT TO CARRY OUT THEIR POWERS, FUNCTIONS AND DUTIES;
- (E)ENCOURAGING CONSULTATION BETWEEN LABOUR AND MANAGEMENT IN THE WORKPLACE FOR BETTER EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS AND PRODUCTIVITY IMPROVEMENT;
- (F)COMPLYING WITH INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS AND GIVING EFFECT TO THE CONSTITUTION; AND
- (G)FOR RELATED MATTERS.
[EMP 101] Rights of women on maternity leave101
(1) A woman employed in a workplace who expects to give birth is entitled to maternity leave and abstain from work for a period of 98 consecutive days subject to providing her employer with a certificate from a registered medical practitioner or registered nurse specifying the possible date of birth.
[subs (1) am Act 23 of 2018 s 6, effective 1 January 2019]
(2) A woman is entitled to paid maternity leave as follows—
(3) The woman may proceed on maternity leave at any time before or after confinement provided that if she continues to work during the pre-confinement period she must produce a medical certificate certifying that she is fit to work during that period.
(4) If at any time during the 3 months immediately before the birth of her child, a woman was employed for a period of, or periods amounting in the aggregate to, not less than 150 days during the 9 months before the birth of her child, the woman is entitled to paid maternity leave as set out in subsection (2).
(5) If there is more than one employer from whom the woman would be entitled to claim wages under this section, the Permanent Secretary, labour officer or labour inspector must determine the amount of wages that must be paid by each employer.
(6) For the purposes of this section, if a woman is absent from work for a period of more than 98 consecutive days she is not entitled to wages in respect of the days in excess of 98 days.
[subs (6) am Act 23 of 2018 s 6, effective 1 January 2019]
(7) A woman who returns to her employment after maternity leave—