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Women to enjoy more maternity benefits

By Chen Xin and He Dan  (China Daily)

09:21, November 22, 2011

BEIJING - Female workers in China are expected to enjoy longer maternity leave from work - before and after childbirth. They will be forbidden to do certain hazardous jobs after a new regulation comes into effect.

The draft regulation, which the State Council's Legislative Affairs Office posted on its website on Monday, would replace the original that became effective in 1988.

The new rules would prolong a working woman's maternity leave from the current 90 days to 98 days.

It erased a clause in the current regulation, which says "the regulation does not apply to those who violate the family planning policy".

Feng Xiliang, a labor expert at Beijing-based Capital University of Economics and Business, said the deletion shows a tendency to adjust to the current situation.

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