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Policy Title :
Other Leaves with Pay Policy
Policy Number :
I. D-7
Responsible Party :
Human Resources
Effective Date :
05/12/2013
Revised Date :
_______________________

Purpose

To declare PMU guidelines with regards to Other Leaves with Pay and ensure uniform interpretation and application of this policy.

Statement :

Pilgrimage Leave

A Muslim employee who has completed a minimum of two (2) years of service may request and be granted a Pilgrimage Leave during Hajj for a period of ten (10) days to enable the employee to make the pilgrimage to the Holy City of Makkah. This leave is separate and apart from all other leave benefits and will be granted only once during the course of employment with PMU.

Marriage Leave

A full-time employee will be entitled to a Marriage Leave of three (3) days with pay on the occasion of the employee's marriage and will be granted only once during the course of the employee's employment with PMU. If two (2) eligible employees are marrying one another, each will be entitled to Marriage Leave. The employee is required to submit a certified copy of his/her marriage license to the Human Resources Department. The marriage license must be appropriately certified both by the Saudi Arabian Government and by the Government of the country in which the employee is a citizen. Marriage Leave must be taken within the employee's contract year during which the marriage occurs. Requests for Marriage Leave must be made utilizing the Leave Application Form.

Maternity Leave:

  • Eligibility:

    The female employee must be employed in a full time position and be married to apply for a maternity leave.
  • Application:

    A female employee who wishes to apply for a maternity leave is to submit a leave request on the appropriate leave form available from the Department of Human Resources. The employee is to attach a medical report from her physician confirming that she is pregnant. The report is to include the expected date of delivery.
  • Period of Maternity Leave: 

    The leave form is to specify the beginning and end date of the maternity leave.  The employee is entitled to take a maternity leave for a period of up to four weeks preceding the expected date of birth and a minimum of six weeks including the day on which the child is born following the birth.  An employee may not return to work earlier than six weeks after the birth of the employee’s child. The employee may take the full ten weeks with the birth of the child.  The employee may work up to the expected date of delivery if her physician approves of her working.  The employee must provide a written approval from her physician to continue working after eight (8) months of pregnancy.
  • Maternity Leave With and Without Pay: 

    A female employee approved for a maternity leave is eligible for an unpaid, partially paid or paid leave on the following basis:
    • continuous service of less than one (1) year will be a leave without pay;
    • continuous service for a period greater than one (1) year but less than three (3) years will be a leave at one-half pay;
    • Continuous service for a period greater than three (3) years will be at full pay.
  • Extension of Maternity Leave: 

    The ten (10) week maternity leave may be extended for a period of up to ninety (90) calendar days.  The extended time will be accrued vacation time and/or a leave without pay.  Any such time will require a leave application and approval.
  • Return to Work: 

    An employee who is granted a maternity leave is expected to return by the end of her approved leaves.  Failure to return to work on time will subject the employee to the same disciplinary actions that apply with regard to other types of leaves.
  • Feeding Time: 

    When an employee returns from her maternity leave, she is entitled to a period or periods of rest totaling not more than one (1) hour daily for the purpose of feeding her newborn child.

 

Paternity Leave/Birth of a Child

A full-time male employee will be entitled to one (1) day of leave with pay on the occasion of the birth of his child. This will be granted only once per contract year. The employee is required to submit a certified copy of the birth certificate to the Human Resources Department. This leave day must be taken within the employee's contract year during which the child's birth occurs. Requests for this type of leave must be made by utilizing the Leave Application Form