High-paid Women Will Become a Burden for Employers
The new legislative provision according to which employers should undertake for maternity payments to those women whose salary exceeds 1 000 000 AMD/ 2400 USD may lead to the violation of the principle of equality between men and women.

“This bill violates the principle of equality of well-paid women workers and triggers discrimination between men and women,” said Nvard Piliposyan, lawyer at the Women's Resources Center NGO during the press conference held at the Media Center.

Tatevik Khachatryan, the Deputy Ombudsmаn of Armenia, who participated in the press-conference, defined the new amended draft bill оf "Temporary Disability Benefits Law" as a problematic one for those women whose salary is 1 000 000AMD / 2400 USD and higher.

''If the employer is obliged to do so, these women will probably be laid off, and high-wage workplaces won't be available for them,'' said Tatevik Khachatryan.

Civil activist Shogher Babayan said the Government claims that about 1500-2000 women got the maternity pay via system abuses, while she does not see such misdeeds anywhere. “A woman, who earns a minimum wage, will get a compensation of 220 000 AMD/528 USD, which is less than should be given to working women-275 000 AMD/661 USD,” she said.

Working women pay more taxes to the state budget than they get as compensation via Maternity pay. “In case of working women the budget benefits and I don’t understand what assessments identifies such cases of misuse’,’said ShogherBabayan and added, that if her calculations are wrong, she, as a mathematician, is ready to return her diploma.

Referring to international experience Tatevik Khachatryan said that Armenia has ratified the European Social Charter, according which women are entitles to a minimum 70% of compensation from state.  The speakers believed that each country decides the order of paying the Maternity pay on its own, but it is not clear in case of Armenia how appropriate and timely the changes are.

Summing up her speech, Shogher Babayan urged the Government not to overwhelm pregnant women with a new law every three years: ‘’Pregnant women should not be stressed like this every three years.’’

Print Friendly and PDF
More Press Releases
“Environmental Disaster in Lori: The Consequences of Akhtala Mountain Enrich Combinat”
The media regularly reportes that the old mine dumps of Akhtala Mountain Enrich Combinat, situated between Chochkan and Mets Ayrum communities in Lori region, poses a danger to the environment and the population.
“The 4th President of Armenia: a Ceremonial Position or a Weighty Political Figure?”
On March 2, 2018, the RA National Assembly will elect the 4th President of Armenia. On January 18, Armen Sargsyan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, was nominated as the candidate for the presidency of the Republic of Armenia during the meeting of the executive body of the Republican Party of Armenia (RPA).
“Does the State Refuse its Obligations? Donation Call by the RA Minister of Defense for the Treatment of the Military Serviceman”
On January 13, RA Defense Minister Vigen Sargsyan posted on his Facebook page about the treatment expenses of military serviceman Albert Dallakyan, who was wounded as a result of violating the rules for safe handling with a weapon by the platoon commander. The minister urged to donate for surgery of the wounded soldier abroad. The required amount is 46,000 USD.
“Report on Violations of Conscripts’ Rights during the Conscriptions in 2016-2017”
The most urgent issue for conscripts involves the health issues and medical conclusions during conscriptions. In 2016-2017, 50 out of 59 applications filed by the Helsinki Citizens' Assembly-Vanadzor Office referred to the health issues of conscripts.
“Is Forgiving Heads of Communities a Recovery of Local Self - Government System or Promotion of Corruption? Response to Serj Sargsyan’s Speech”
On December 9, 2017, during the meeting dedicated to local self-government and territorial administration bodies RA President Serzh Sargsyan stated in particular:
Follow us on social networks
Registration of events
Press Releases
Armenia-Turkey Events