German Maternity Protection Act

Publication of the Maternity Protection Act in Accordance with Legal Requirements

Saarland University is legally required to make the regulations of the Maternity Protection Act accessible to its students and employees. The respective text can therefore be found in this section of our homepage: 






New Regulations of the Maternity Protection Act Since 1 January 2018

In 2017, significant changes were made to the regulations of the Maternity Protection Act: After the birth of a child with disability, there is now an extended period of maternity protection; privately insured mothers benefit from higher levels of financial security. 

Further changes to the regulations came into effect on 1 January 2018. The Maternity Protection Act now applies to a greater number of women: The regulations apply to school and university students in regards to compulsory internships and class attendance if the location, the time, and the structure of the respective classes are determined by the educational institution. The regulations furthermore apply to development workers, women in voluntary federal service, and self-employed workers. 

Regulations regarding the prohibition of night and Sunday shifts now apply regardless of the industrial sector. An official approval procedure is introduced for working hours between 8pm and 10pm.

Regulations regarding the working conditions of pregnant and nursing women are made clearer. A newly-implemented maternity protection committee establishes practical recommendations for an efficient implementation of the Maternity Protection Act's regulations.