Jersey to get a maternity law 'by 2014', says minister
Currently, there is no legal provision for maternity leave but new mothers can be signed off work for two weeks.
Senator Le Gresley said it was sad Jersey had no such law and should follow Guernsey in introducing one.
In February, Guernsey's States approved maternity leave for mothers that will come into force in January 2014.
Senator Le Gresley - who was chosen for the ministerial role in November - wants to give mothers in Jersey two weeks leave on full pay.
He wants mothers to then have up to 16 additional weeks unpaid leave depending on how long they had been in their job.
He said: "My term of office is three years and I would hope to achieve this during my term in office."