The global solution for human resource professionals, combines custom research, strategic white papers, country primers, webinars and OnDemand educational programs, and the expert guidance you’ve...
By Madhur Singh
New legislation approved by parliament March 9 makes it mandatory for all businesses employing more than 10 people to provide women employees 26 weeks of paid maternity leave. Female employees who have worked for a given employer for at least 80 days in the 12 months immediately preceding the date of expected delivery are eligible for the extended benefits, provided they give the employer written notice seven weeks before the expected date of delivery.
Businesses across the manufacturing and services sectors—including factories, mines, shops and other establishments specified by state governments—will have to comply once the Maternity Benefits (Amendment) Bill, 2016 is signed by the president. This is largely a ceremonial step and approval is rarely denied, although the process may take a few weeks, as the government may wait until the current session of parliament ends April 12 to send all bills to the president for approval.
At present, the Maternity Benefits Act, 1961 provides up to 12 weeks' maternity leave, six weeks' leave in cases of miscarriage and one month's in cases of illness during pregnancy.
The amendment extends paid maternity leave to 26 weeks for the first two pregnancies and provides for 12 weeks' maternity leave to adopting and surrogacy-commissioning mothers. Paid leave for adopting mothers will only apply if the adopted child is younger than 3 months. Employers are required to inform female employees on hire, both in writing and electronically, of their entitlement to maternity benefits.
Businesses employing more than 50 persons must also provide child care facilities and permit mothers four daily visits, and all employers are encouraged to allow women to work from home if feasible.
To contact the reporter on this story: Madhur Singh in Chandigarh at firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Rick Vollmar at email@example.com
For more information on Indian HR law and regulation, see the India primer.
Copyright © 2017 The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)