The recent amendments in the Maternity Benefits Act, 1961 has made India, one among the 16 countries in the world to offer the longest maternity leave to women employees. There has been lot of confusion about what are the benefits available to female employees before and post pregnancy, hence; we, at Morph Maternity, have found answers to common queries of working woman in India so that you needn’t look everywhere.
How long the maternity leave period is in India and it is applicable in what sectors?
Post-amendments to the Maternity Benefits Act, 1961; the Ministry of Labour, India, has made it mandatory for companies employing 10 or more employees to give 26 weeks of maternity leave to female employees i.e. full paid leave from work. Government employees already receive the same benefit and now the private sector has been included as well.
Who is eligible for maternity leave?
For female employees to be eligible for maternity benefit, they should have been working as an employee in an establishment for a period of at least 80 days in the past 12 months. Women expecting post 2 children will get 12 weeks of maternity leave only.
Can the maternity leave be split between pre and post delivery period?
Yes, the benefit can be availed by women employees up to 8 weeks before date of delivery and remaining 18 weeks can be availed post-delivery.
Are adoptive mothers eligible for maternity leave?
Yes, the latest amendments to the act have extended maternity benefits to adoptive and commissioning mothers as well. Women employees, falling under this category, will be entitled to 12 weeks of maternity leave from adoption.
Other Benefits Offered under Maternity Benefit Amendment Act
The recent amendments in the Maternity Benefit Act related to maternity leave, have made available certain other facilities as well to women employees –
- Work from Home – Women employees can opt for work-from-home option as well after the expiry of 26 weeks of maternity leave; however, this depends upon the nature of work and on mutually agreed terms between employee and employer.
- Crèche Facility – It has been made mandatory for every establishment that has 50 or more employees to make crèche facilities available. Women employees should be permitted to visit the crèche 4 times a day.
Talk to your employer and see what benefits you can avail. Plan your working schedule around pregnancy accordingly so that you can enjoy this phase without experiencing too much stress about work, salary and other things.
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Enjoy your journey to motherhood!