• Maternity Benefit Act amendment also applicable to those on leave

    May 09, 2017

    There was persistent confusion whether employees already on maternity leave would get benefit of the amended Maternity Benefit Act. The labour ministry clarified that employees already on maternity leave will be eligible for enhanced paid leave under the amended Act which came into force on April 1.
    The amended Act also requires organizations with over 50 employees to provide crèche facilities within a specified distance.
    "Having received many queries and to remove doubts, it is further clarified that it is mandatory on the part of employers to extend the benefit of enhanced maternity leave to those women workers who were already on maternity leave on the date of enforcement of the Maternity Benefit (Amendment) Act, 2017 i.e. as on April 1, 2017," a statement issued by the ministry said.


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