The new draft social protection law aims to raise the fully-paid maternity leave period from 50 to 98 days for both Omani citizens and expatriates. This announcement was made by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Finance. His Excellency Nasser Al-Jashmi, Secretary General of the Ministry of Finance confirmed during the 'Together We Advance forum' that the new draft social protection law raised the period of maternity leave to 98 days. It was also added that the system will bear the payment of wages during the leave and not the employer. This decision is made in order to prevent any kind of bias towards women employees.