I have learned that according to sixth pay commission, maternity leave for state, central govt. and civil/civic service employees has been extended to 6 months/180days.
My mom is teacher with govt. school and they have revision in maternity leave for 6 months, whereas I work in private organization where policy states only 3 months leave.
I contacted HR and they said policy would be revised in case of changes to Maternity Benefit act.
Is there any changes in maternity benefit act for maternity leave so that its beneficial for people working with private organizations?
Please confirm.
Gayatri Amardeep.

From India, Pune
Dear Gayatri, We do not find any changes in Maternity Benefit Act, 1961 in so far as the matter relates to grant of maternity leave is concerned. It is still twelve weeks. R.N.KHOLA
From India, Delhi
Let me add to what Khola has said, that there is no chance of an increase in the maternity leave days in tune with the maternity benefits offered to government employees. If the government proposes a change from the present 12 weeks to 180 days (!) and also a further 2 years (!!) during the period till the child attains 12 years, then I doubt if any employer would recruit any woman in his establishment.

From India, Kannur
Hi Madhu,
I agree with you on point that if duration of leave will increase than employer will less prefer female employee but sir in some country ML duration is more than 3 months some have 6 month and few also having around nine month.
Till now there is no change in Maternity act regarding increase in ML leave but I personally believe leave must be increased to 6 months for betterment of mother and child because now days there is culture of single family where both H&W is working. It's need of time.
(personal view)
White Eagle

From India, Hyderabad
I agree, that the maternity leave should be increased to 6 months since the first year of the child is the most cruical and it is in the welfare of both the father and the mother to see to the requirements of the child. In certain countries, maternity leave is given upto 1 year and thankfully the employers are not biased there. Some companies also support child care leave till the child is 3 years of age, but most women resort to it only in extreme situations as they would have monetary loss as well as loose out on promotions, which most professionals would avoid.
However Gayatri, coming to the point, The Maternity Act here remains unchanged.

From India, Visakhapatnam
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From India, Mumbai
first we need to understand the privet sector and public. the privet sector is giving this kind maternity benefit hat is also more because they are business oriented. there is one amendment in 2011. that is the medical bones. the current medical bones is 2500 to 3500.
thank you dear

From India, Pune
Dear All,
Although the Government has agreed to increase the Maternity Leave period to 6 1/2 months but the date from which this rule will be effective has not been defined.
I personally believe whereas 6 months of Paid Maternity Benefit is a requirement for any working mother, 8 months is way too long and women will start loosing on work opportunities if the Paid Leave duration is extended to 8 months.
I am working as a Manager HR in a reputed firm, am pregnant and will be availing leave from 01st January'2016 but I cannot wish for 8 months of leave for myself as I can understand the perspective of my employer as well and know he will not be happy because he will end up hiring a new person in my stead for these 8 months and would have to pay double salary.
Kindly share your views on this topic!

From India, Delhi
Dear All,
Where i have the knowledge bill already submitted in parliament house for final decision as it will be changed by 12weeks to 26 weeks but not upto today it will be decided. In other hand there are some companies already providing 06 months leave with wages, where some companies gives 12 weeks leave with wages plus 30hours duty per week upto 08 months.

From India, Delhi
I feel, 6 months Maternity leave is good for child to adjust with outside food as well as Company can manage also.
From India, Pune

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