Outgoing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has announced increased maternity leave for mothers.
The legislation has been implemented as part of the general policy of encouraging population growth, which the Ahmadinejad adopted in recent years.
The legislation revokes all previous policies aimed at controlling the population and makes a 180-degree turn to now encourage couples to have more children.
An amendment to the earlier legislation now gives mothers nine months of maternity leave, while their spouses get two weeks of mandatory leave.
The legislation was passed on June 10 and approved by the Guardian Council the following week.