Gov't supports bill for 14 weeks maternity leave

The government's ministerial committee put its support Sunday behind a new law that would extend maternity leave by two more weeks, giving new mothers 14 weeks instead of 12 to spend with their newborn before returning to work. "The bill will hopefully go some way to reducing the gaps between Israel and the rest of the developing world," said MKs Gideon Sar (Likud) and Shelly Yacimovich (Labor-Meimad), who proposed the legislation. If the law passes, the extended maternity leave will be introduced in stages, with the coming year moving to 13 weeks and then the 14 weeks will be implemented.