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Maternity Benefit Leave increased??
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Chrm Message From: dipankar Total Posts: 45 Join Date: 27/11/2008
Rank: Executive Post Date: 02/02/2016 03:07:55 Points: 225 Location: India

Dear fraternity,

Is the increase in entitlement of maternity leave from 12 Weeks to 24 weeks is in effect? I'm unable to search for the circular in this regard. Can someone share the circular or its excerpts pl.



Chrm Message From: debora Total Posts: 108 Join Date: 27/11/2008  
Rank: Leader Post Date: 11/12/2019 10:24:38 Points: 540 Location: India

 An amendment to the Maternity Benefits Act, passed in March 2017, raised paid maternity leave for women from 12 weeks to 26 weeks, benefitting 1.8 million women workers in the organised sector. The law applies to all establishments employing 10 or more people, and the entitlement applies only up to the first two children.

The labour ministry is of the view that the proposed scheme will ensure that women have equal access to employment and other approved benefits, along with safety and a secure environment. The proposal followed complaints from women’s organisations that employers are either not very keen on hiring female workers or they are being asked to leave just before maternity to avoid additional liability.