Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on June 2 that the legally permitted leave for pregnant women had been extended by eight weeks to start on the 24th week of pregnancy.
"Everything else must stop if there's a baby to be welcomed to the world, or everything else should be done by someone else," Minister Koca said in his announcement.
Bakanlığımız ve kamu çalışanı tüm hanımların hamilelik izni Cumhurbaşkanımızın talimatıyla 8 HAFTA uzatıldı. İdari izin 32. hafta yerine hamileliğin 24. haftasından itibaren başlayacak. Dünyaya bir bebek gelecekse akan sular süren işler durmalı. Veya başkası tarafından yapılmalı. pic.twitter.com/t1Dyl4d03b— Dr. Fahrettin Koca (@drfahrettinkoca) June 2, 2020
Women were previously only allowed 16 weeks off for pregnancy and birth. The leave was used in during the last two months of pregnancy and the first two months after birth.
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