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ABU DHABI // Parents welcomed extended maternity leave for Government workers and called for private sector businesses to follow suit.

Changes in the law gives Government employees in Abu Dhabi three months maternity leave instead of two, however, the three days offered to fathers was not so joyously received.

Mothers will be allowed two hours off each day to take care of newborns, starting from the day of birth. Previously it was one hour. However, the period it applies to has been cut from 18 months to a year.